Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross leaves CNBC hosts dumbfounded after he tells them that American families won't be bothered by tariffs on $200b of Chinese goods because "it's spread over thousands and thousands of products" so "nobody will actually notice" that prices went up.
TRUMP: "Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people I have ever known... never had even a little blemish on his record... At the same time, we want to go through a process. We want to make sure everything is perfect... [but] I wish the Democrats could've done this a lot sooner."
Trump repeatedly attacks Feinstein for not going public with assault accusation sooner: "They had the information in July, as I understand it. That's a long time ago. And nobody mentioned it until the other day. It's very unfortunate they didn't mention it sooner."
Trump brusquely dismisses a question about Kavanaugh possibly withdrawing as "ridiculous"
On CNN, Debra Katz -- attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault -- says her client is willing to testify publicly before Congress, but hasn't yet been asked to do so.
KATZ: "The reason she felt he might inadvertently kill her is that he had his hand over her mouth, & she was having a difficult time breathing...he was so inebriated he ignored the fact that she was attempting to scream...but for his inebriation, he would've raped her."
Katz on CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD: "She's now going to have to live with the tremendous efforts by people to discredit her. She's telling the truth. She took a polygraph and mentioned this in her therapy sessions in 2012, and she came forward before this nominee was nominated."
The Woodward book reminded me that Trump posted this tweet about sanctions while his incoming security adviser, Michael Flynn, was having secret talks he later lied about with the Russian ambassador about sanctions 🤔
That time in July 2017 when the national security adviser told 2 Trump administration officials that the president was tweeting Kremlin propaganda, considered resigning in disgust, and then listened on later that same day as Trump casually endorsed war crimes
i don't know why anybody would agree to do an interview with an interviewer who smears you like this
Tucker immediately tries to steer the interview to @MichaelAvenatti's possible 2020 run. Avenatti points out to him that the interview was supposed to be about the Daniels/Trump case. Tucker then steers the discussion to Russia.
Puerto Rico Gov. @ricardorossello to CNN on Trump's baseless conspiracy theory about Hurricane Maria deaths: "Neither the victims nor the people of Puerto Rico deserve to have their pain questioned."
ROSSELLO: "There's no reason to doubt the validity of these studies. No reason to expect that even though it's an estimate, that it's not far away from what the accurate toll should be. This is a scientifically robust effort and I completely support the conclusions."
TRUMP sounds the alarm about Hurricane Florence during Oval Office press availability: "They haven't seen anything like what's coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever. It's tremendously big and tremendously wet."
Trump on lessons learned from last year's hurricane in Puerto Rico, where the federal govt initially drastically undercounted the death toll of nearly 3,000 people: "I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful...I actually think it was 1 of the best jobs that's ever been done."
TRUMP on how FEMA specifically plans to help states affected by Florence: "They will be coming in to the various states that will be affected. They will be coming in very strongly. They are already lining up... they will be in great shape."
TRUMP: "At this memorial, on this sacred Earth in the field beyond this wall, and in the skies above our heads, we remember the moment when America fought back."
TRUMP: "We grieve together for every mother & father, sister & brother, son & daughter who was stolen from us at the Twin Towers, Pentagon, & here in this field. We honor their sacrifice by pledging to never flinch in the face of evil & do whatever it takes to keep America safe."
("Subverting the will of the people" is not a crime!)
TRUMP JR says he's not worried about going to prison: "I'm not, because I know what I did, and I'm not worried about any of that. That doesn't mean they won't try to create something... I understand that they are trying to get my father, and they will do anything."
TRUMP JR, who once promised to stay out of his dad's politics, says his big midterm campaign issue will be baseless claims about social media companies censoring conservatives.
Pressed for evidence it's really happening, Don Jr says, "there's only one side complaining about it."
The September 10 press briefing with @PressSec has started. Follow me for a video thread.
.@WhiteHouseCEA is filibustering, giving Trump credit for every bit of good economic news that's occurred since November 2016
HASSETT: "What will historians think when they look back at this time? I can promise you that economic historians will 100% accept the fact there was an inflection at the election of Donald Trump, and a whole bunch of data items started heading north."
Trump is about to deliver a speech in Fargo. Follow me for a video thread.
TRUMP quickly gets to criticizing OBAMA's speech: "I watched it, but I fell asleep. I found him very good -- very good for sleeping. I think he was trying to take some credit, some credit for this incredible thing that's happening to our country."
TRUMP makes stuff up: "When I walked in, I was walking in with Kevin Cramer, & walking through the door & a strong man came up to me, tough kind of a guy & said, 'I want to thank you, Mr. President, for saving our country.' And he had tears coming down his eyes... he had tears."
Obama is delivering a speech at the University of Illinois. Follow me for a video thread.
Obama begins by cracking some good-natured jokes. Can you imagine Trump doing this?
OBAMA: "And as a fellow citizen, not as an ex-president, but as a fellow
citizen, I'm here to deliver a simple message, and that is that you need to vote because our democracy depends on it... a glance at recent headlines should tell you that this moment really is different."
Trump, speaking at rally in Montana, on Democratic opposition to Kavanaugh: "Sick. It's sick."
TRUMP: "Please welcome the person that we have such respect for, he is now leading in the polls... Matt Rosendale."
Hannity cuts away to talking heads instead of showing Rosendale's speech.
Trump on what will happen if Montana voters vote for Tester: "You are going to lose your 2nd amendment. You are going to lose your right to those guns. You are going to lose your 2nd amendment, so be careful... you are going to lose your Social Security so badly." #gaslighting
Day 3 of Kavanaugh hearing begins w/@CoryBooker vowing to release confidential Kavanaugh emails -- even if it means he's ejected from the Senate!
"I openly accept the consequences. I am releasing it to expose that emails being withheld have nothing to do the national security."
"'A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy.' That's what we are talking about here," @amyklobuchar says, about Republicans withholding Kavanaugh documents, quoting James Madison
.@SenMikeLee: Kavanaugh's public documents don't actually belong to the public, so get over it, libs
As @ChuckGrassley begins 2nd day of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing by talking about yesterday's disruptions, loud protests immediately break out in back of the room
In response to Grassley's first question, Kavanaugh cites United States vs. Nixon as "one of the greatest moments in American judicial history." 👀
KAVANAUGH: "No one is above the law in our constitutional system... under our system of government, the executive branch is subject to the law... We make decisions based on law, not based on political pressure, not based on identity of the parties, no matter who you are."