President Trump told “FOX & Friends” on Wednesday morning that it might be most convenient to do his Republican National Convention speech live from the White House.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we are going to have — we’re going to have the very first night we’ll be in Charlotte. But that’s locked down, that state — the governor just locked them down, I don’t know what he’s doing. They just locked North Carolina down. We were dying — we were really wanting to go to North Carolina, and so what we are doing is we are doing one night there. And it’ll be a nomination night and it’ll go very well.
We’re going to let the press go in and watch it, but socially distanced and lots of things are happening. The state is in a lockdown. States are — we had no choice. We went to Jacksonville, a place that we’re very good, but after we announced, all of a sudden Florida got hit, and now Florida’s recovering.
But what we’re going to do is we’re going to do virtual and we’re going to do some live speeches from different locations, and I’m going to do mine on Thursday night, and that’ll be a lot — the First Lady’s making a speech. Numerous people are making speeches, senators, a lot of very, very terrific people. We have a terrific —
TRUMP: — really a terrific speakers list. Some of the warrior congressmen that you’ve watched, Jim Jordan and so many others, Matt Gaetz. We have — these guys were warriors fighting against just a horrible force that hopefully will get their act together.
KILMEADE: Right. Mr. President?
TRUMP: We’ll have some great, great people making speeches.
KILMEADE: Speaking of —
TRUMP: I’ll probably do mine live from the White House.
KILMEADE: So, it looks like live from the White House. It’s — so would you say you’re locked in on that?
TRUMP: If for some reason somebody had difficulty with it, I could go someplace else. The easiest, least expensive, and I think very beautiful would be live from the White House.
KILMEADE: Right. Your home there and bills are all paid for.
Texas widow Stacey Nagy told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Tuesday how she wrote an obituary after her husband’s coronavirus death where she blamed President Trump, Texas Gov. Abbott and those who do not wear masks because she felt a need to “put blame where it belonged.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee holds second hearing on oversight of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation as part of probe into the Trump-Russia investigation. Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates testifies before Congress Wednesday. President Trump commented:
Sally Yates has zero credibility. She was a part of the greatest political crime of the Century, and ObamaBiden knew EVERYTHING! Sally Yates leaked the General Flynn conversation? Ask her under oath. Republicans should start playing the Democrats game!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2020
Former VP Joe Biden revealed that he has not taken the cognitive abilities test that President Trump spoke about last week and lashed out at CBS’s Errol Barnett for asking about it.
Biden was taking part in an interview with a group of Black and Latino journalists.
“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?” Biden replied. “C’mon man, that’s like saying, ‘You – before you got on this program you took a test where you’re taking cocaine or not, what do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?'”
“If he can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion, I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about,” Biden said laughing at Trump. “Look, c’mon man, I know you’re trying to goad me… And by the way, as I joked with — you, know, I probably shouldn’t say.”
“I am willing to let the pubic judge my physical as well as mental fitness,” he said.
PBS NEWSHOUR: As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the U.S., the Trump administration and Congress are still discussing another economic aid package. But on Tuesday, the White House and leading Democratic lawmakers gave different accounts of how much progress is being made. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a central figure in those negotiations, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss where talks stand.
JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: So, are you coming closer together on that all-important unemployment – federal unemployment benefits number?
Democrats were asking for $600 a week to continue.
SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: That’s right.
WOODRUFF: Republicans were saying $200.
Are you somewhere in between? We were told maybe you’re…
PELOSI: No, there’s no in between. There’s no in between.
The fact is that, since we passed our bill, which was 11 weeks ago tomorrow, 3.3 million more people have gone on to the infected list; of those infected, 70,000 more people have died.
And the Republicans said they were going to push the pause button. And they did. And then, last week, they came up with some piecemeal thing.
So, the – we’re not saying to the American people, more people are infected, more people are dying, more people are uninsured, more children are hunger-insecure, or food-insecure, and guess what? We’re going to cut your benefit.
WOODRUFF: Well, Madam Speaker, the – I mean, with all due respect, you called it piecemeal, and yet what the Republicans were offering was a short-term extension that would have allowed these extra unemployment benefits to keep flowing. Democrats said no.
PELOSI: Well, it would have been finished by now.
They were talking about a few – actually, the fact is, they didn’t have anything that they could pass in the Senate on their own side. So, if the press wants to say, well, they offered this, they offered that, they – you can’t offer something you don’t have.
We have a bill. It’s called the HEROES Act. It passed 11 weeks ago tomorrow. It would have saved lives.
They have nothing. They can’t even pass – they have said, we have 20 members who won’t vote for anything. So, what, we’re talking rhetoric, or are we talking reality about what one side or the other is offering?
And if they wanted to offer some piecemeal thing for one week that does not – you only do that when you’re on the verge of closing, of passing a bill and having it signed into law. Otherwise, it’s just showbiz.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is asked why Democrats were not at the signing ceremony for the Great Outdoors Act.
REPORTER: Kayleigh, thank you. The environmental bill the President signed this morning, it was passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress. Both Republicans and Democrats signed on to that legislation. Can you explain why there were no Democrats at the ceremony or even mentioned in the President’s remarks?
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY KAYLEIGH MCENANY: The President is very proud of what happened today: the single largest investment in America’s national parks and public lands in history. The most significant conservation achievement since Teddy Roosevelt. It won the support of more than 850 conservation groups. And it provides $900 million a year in permanent funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
And you’re asking about recognition of congressional Democrats right now, and the only thing that we’re recognizing about congressional Democrats right now is how appalling it is that there are Americans who are going without paychecks, because they refuse to partner with Martha McSally, Republicans, and the President in ensuring that those payments go out.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said when you defund the police there are consequences at Tuesday’s press briefing. McEnany laid out the trend of increasing crime in cities that have decided to defund the police.
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY KAYLEIGH MCENANY: I would like to end just by highlighting a troubling trend that I think we’ve seen play out across the country, and I believe we have a few graphics to illustrate this. It pertains to the Defund the Police movement.
And when you look at, across the country, the ties of defunding the police with increases in violence, it’s a cause for concern. As we saw in the beginning of this administration, violent crime was starting to come down, and then bring in the Defund the Police movement.
In Los Angeles, you had L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti proposing a cut of $150 million from the LAPD. L.A. Mayor Garcetti said this: It starts someplace, and we have to say we are going to be who we want to be, or we’re going to continue being the killers that we are, was his quote, in support of the defund movement. And as a result, we saw a 14 percent rise in homicides this year over last year.
In Minneapolis, the Defund the Police movement was afoot as well, with a unanimous vote in Minneapolis City and their council to dismantle the police. And you had Minneapolis City council member Jeremiah Ellison saying, This is one action of many that we need to take on the road to a more equitable and just system that keeps people safe. In fact, it did not keep people safe. We’ve seen a 94 percent increase in homicides compared to last year in Minneapolis.
And then, finally, in New York City, Defund the Police – you had the New York City Council voting to cut police budget by $1 billion. You had Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying, Defund the police means defunding the police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. So it wasn’t enough for AOC. But you did have New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio saying, We think it’s the right thing to do. It was absolutely not the right thing to do, as we’ve seen a 177 percent increase in shootings from July 2019 in New York.
When you defund the police, there are consequences. And that’s where the Democrats of today stand. And, unfortunately, we’ve seen a corresponding rise in violence in these Democrat cities, and it’s not acceptable.
President Trump used the Congressional primary election that took 6 weeks to determine incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) as the winner as an example of the difficulties with mail-in voting at a press conference on Tuesday. Maloney was challenged by Suraj Patel, an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-endorsed progressive.
“When you look at the Carolyn Maloney election, I think they – and I’ll give you the story: I think you have to do that election over. That election is no good. You have to take a look,” Trump told reporters.
“In New York, they have thousands of ballots. They don’t know what happened to them. Is there fraud? Is there – it’s a disaster. And that’s only for a relatively small number of ballots. But I think they have to do the election in New York over. The Times wrote a big story about it yesterday. Front-page story. It’s a disaster. It’s a mess. And they have to do that – I think they have to do that election over. Nobody can know what the election result is.” Trump reiterated.
Maloney’s primary was in limbo for six weeks due to a surge in absentee ballots cast in the June 23 primary because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The primary has been mired in a legal fight over invalid absentee ballots, which had to be delivered to election officials by June 30. Patel filed a lawsuit to count ballots that arrived by the deadline but were not properly postmarked. According to the Washington Post, the U.S. Postal Service may not have postmarked the pre-paid ballot return envelopes that were used due to Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive order in response to the pandemic. New Yorkers typically have to provide their own postage, which is postmarked.
On Monday, a federal judge ruled that some absentee ballots without postmarks but received two days after the primary should be counted, according to CNN. Those additional ballots were not included in the results certified Tuesday, Vazquez confirmed.
FOX Business host Lou Dobbs said keeping schools closed will hurt minorities the most in an interview with President Trump on Tuesday.
“As you talk about the schools, it’s interesting that we have such a politicized, deeply partisan divide in this country that is finding expression even in the education of our children,” Dobbs said. “And particularly for minorities in this country, this will be a tremendous, tremendous backstep for them, because they need desperately education. Our public schools are the great equalizer in our society. And to defer their education is — is absolutely outrageous.”
“For the Democrats to pretend that they’re doing this for the American people is absurd,” he continued. “These radical Dems and the Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, the two largest teachers unions, seem to be on the front of wanting not to work, and wanting not to be in the classroom teaching those who need education most, our young people.”