Donald Trump gives nothing but lip service to the opioid crisis after designating it a national emergency two weeks ago.
Donald Trump has done nothing on the opioid crisis.
Two weeks ago, Trump called the opioid crisis a ‘national emergency.’ But since then, he hasn’t signed an emergency declaration or sent any paperwork to congress. More from MSNBC here.
Trump administration perpetuates lies about ACA “death spiral” — it’s not collapsing. It’s stable and McConnell and Ryan know it!
Complicating matters, it’s not just experts reaching this conclusion. Even the Trump administration agrees that Trump’s rhetoric is wrong.
FiveThirtyEight explained this morning:
“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, last week released a report about a wonky aspect of the Affordable Care Act related to insurance payments. Tucked away in the report, however, was evidence that the health insurance marketplaces set up by Obamacare were relatively stable in 2016.
Contrary to the “death-spiral” narrative, the CMS report found that the mix of healthy and sick people buying insurance on the Obamacare marketplaces in 2016 was surprisingly similar to those who enrolled in 2015.”
More from MSNBC News here.
Trump surrogates circling the wagons defending his misogyny towards Mika Brzezinski, including former communications advisor Jason Miller.
Jason Miller, a former communications advisor to President Donald Trump, echoed the White House talking point that the president should be able to attack MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski because she has made personal comments about him. However, Miller thought that she should have taken the high road instead of “punching back 10 times harder.”
“What I would have said is, ‘look, let’s go and call out the fact that Joe and her had been attacking you for weeks and months now,’” Miller said about his own suggestion for deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“The fact they have attacked his mental state and compared him to someone with dementia,” he continued. “They call him an embarrassment on the world stage and go and lay these different comments out and make them go and defend their previous comments. The way the president laid it out, it gave an opening for folks to come back and criticize him. But he has every right to come back and push back.”
In the next breath, however, Miller said that Brzezinski doesn’t also have that same freedom. More from the Raw Story here.
Trump continues to fail to provide proof he’s donated presidential salary after promising to do so.
MSNBC requested details and documentation about any salary donations from the White House, the Treasury Department and the Office of Personnel Management, which all declined to say whether Trump has donated any of his salary to date. (OPM referred questions to the White House.). More from CNBC here.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo continued to brief NSA Director Michael Flynn with full knowledge of FBI investigation!
Pompeo still briefed Flynn on secrets as CIA knew concerns. Jeremy Bash, former CIA chief of staff, talks with Rachel Maddow about a new New York Times report that while the CIA knew about the concerns about Mike Flynn, CIA Director Mike Pompeo continued to deliver briefings on U.S. secrets with Flynn present. MSNBC has more here.