Good morning on this wonderful president’s day, here’s what you need to know.
- McCain speaks out against Trump on Meet The Press
Longtime Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) was on NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday. He had strong words to say about the president’s words towards the news media. He was referring to claims by the president of false reporting, hit pieces, and fake news. He most notably said that when the government attacks the press, that’s how “dictators get started.”
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- Reince Priebus comments on Flynn resignation
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said there was “nothing wrong” with now former national security adviser Mike Flynn discussing sanctions with the Russian ambassador. “No, there’s nothing wrong with having a conversation about sanctions,” Priebus said on Meet The Press Sunday. “And there’s nothing wrong about having a conversation about the fact that the Obama administration put further sanctions in placed and expelled some folks out of the United States. There’s nothing wrong with that topic coming up in a conversation.”
- Reince Priebus comments on Trump media criticisms
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said President Donald Trump’s comments on the news media calling them “the enemy” and some outlets such as CNN “fake news” should not be taken seriously. He made these remarks on Sunday news program “Face the Nation” on CBS. Host John Dickerson whether the American people should take their president seriously after he tweeted that the press “is the enemy of the American people” on Friday. “I think you should take it seriously. I think that the problem we’ve got is that we’re talking about bogus stories like the one in The New York Times, that we’ve had constant contact with Russian officials. The next day, The Wall Street Journal had a story that the intel community was not giving the president a full intelligence briefing,” Priebus said. “Both stories [were] grossly inaccurate, overstated, overblown, and it’s total garbage.”
- The FEC commissioner, a Democrat, resigns
Ann Ravel, a Democrat and a commissioner of the Federal Election Committee, gave her resignation to President Donald Trump on Sunday. Her resignation contained a plea for campaign finance reform. Ms. Ravel’s last day will be March 1st. If the commission composed of six members loses two more of its commissioners, it will lack a quorum, an ability to take key actions, which will force Trump to fill vacancies.
- Lindsey Graham on the press and judiciary
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said on CBS show “Face the Nation” that a free press and an independent judiciary are “worth fighting and dying for.” Graham, a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, rejected any claim that the United States is coming closer and closer to a dictatorship under its new president. “When it comes to Trump, you’re over the top. You’re acting more like an opposition party,” the senator told CBS host John Dickerson, referring to journalists.