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Donald Trump Won’t Criticize Putin, Attacks Obama, Forecasts Bigger Win In 2020 During CBS News Interview

Jeff Glor CBS News

UPDATED with more Trump interview: President Donald Trump told CBS News’s Jeff Glor he would hold Russian ruler Vladimir Putin accountable for election meddling “because he’s in charge of the country.” Glor told Trump that he, Trump, had said he agreed with U.S. intelligence that Russia meddled in the election in 2016. “Yeah and I’ve said that before,” Trump says. “I’ve said that numerous times before. And I would say that that is true, yeah.” Just as often, Trump has… Read


Donald Trump Gooses Tucker Carlson Ratings But Sean Hannity Still On Top

Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Channel primetime program enjoyed a slight uptick with President Donald Trump on Tuesday night, clocking 2.8 million viewers, 584K of them in the news demo. Carlson’s averaging 2.6M viewers, 540K in the demo. Carlson handily beat his timeslot competitors, CNN’s Anderson Cooper (1.3M, 445K) and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (1.9M, 419K). But Trump got trounced by FNC’s Sean Hannity (3.368M, 685K). POTUS also got edged out by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow (2.752M… Read


Paula Faris Exits Weekend ‘GMA’ And ‘The View’ For New Role At ABC News

Paula Faris is leaving The View and Good Morning America and will take a new assignment at ABC News. Faris had been a weekend anchor at GMA for nearly four years, joining GMA from ABC”s overnight World News Now, where she had been for a year. Faris joined the The View panelists in summer of 2015. This season, she’s been appearing on the show mostly on Fridays. In today’s announcement, ABC News president James Goldston did not name Faris’ replacement on either… Read


White House Denies Trump Said Russian Election Meddling Ended Though He Appeared To Say So

When President Donald Trump said “no” to a reporter who asked if he thinks Russia still is targeting U.S. elections, he meant that he would not take any questions, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at today’s press briefing. Except Trump then answered the question, insisting no president has been as tough on Russia. The exchange happened when reporters were being ushered from a White House Cabinet meeting photo op, which typically triggered… Read


Donald Trump Blames Helsinki “Clarification” On Stupid War Mongers With “Trump Derangement Syndrome”

Donald Trump Vladimir Putin

President Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning to walk back yesterday’s emergency Helsinki “clarification.” Hours after announcing he confused “would” and “wouldn’t” during his Helsinki presser, intending to say he saw no reason to believe Russia WOULDN’T interfere in our election, Trump railed at those who caused the uproar when he sided with Vladimir Putin and threw U.S. intelligence agencies under the bus. In this morning’s tweets, Trump said those people – a… Read


Vladimir Putin Debuts As Ratings Magnet For Fox News Channel Post-Summit

Vladimir Putin Chris Wallace Fox News

Post summit sit-downs with Russian Ruler Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump catapulted Fox News Channel ratings on Monday. First, Chris Wallace’s riveting tiff with Putin produced an average of 3.2 million viewers, 542K of whom fell into the 25-54 age bracket – impressive 6 PM stats. Wallace’s interview aired in Bret Baier’s Special Report program, which shot up 58% in overall audience and 82% in the demo compared to same night last year. Putin ran circles around CN… Read


Donald Trump Plays “Would/Wouldn’t” Word Game In Desperate Damage-Control Bid

Twenty-four hours after saying he did not have faith in his U.S. intel agencies and instead believed the “very strong and powerful” words of the strongman standing next to him in Helsinki who orchestrated Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump announced today is Opposite Day. In a hastily called White House gathering of reporters, Trump said he has full faith in the U.S. intelligence agencies and their assertion that Russia tampered with the 2016 election. An… Read


Donald Trump Doubles Down On Helsinki Presser Performance; Critics “Fake News”

President Donald Trump lives in a world in which he “had a great meeting with NATO” and “an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia.” “Sadly, it is not being reported that way – the Fake News is going Crazy!” he tweeted late this morning. Among recent emigres to the Land of Fake News are normally reliable media outlets and personalities, including Fox Business Network star Maria Bartiromo, who called it "probably the low point of the presidency so far,” Fox & Fri… Read


Morning News Shows Pan Donald Trump’s Performance At Putin Presser

Morning TV news outlets were not kind to President Donald Trump’s lapdog-ish performance at previous day’s Helsinki press conference with Russian ruler Vladimir Putin. AP’s Jonathan Lemire and Reuters’ Jeff Mason, the reporters who had asked Trump if he believed his own intel officers or Putin about Russian election meddling, and asked Putin if he had kompromat on Trump, raced around the morning landscape taking questions from dumbfounded on-air talent. Ditto former CIA… Read


Stephen Colbert Advises Donald Trump: Vladimir Putin Has Kompromat On You

UPDATED, including video: Stephen Colbert devoted his entire opening monologue to President Donald Trump’s Helsinki presser with Vladimir Putin – a performance “so weird, so disturbing it's really upset people across the partisan divide in ways I have not seen in years,” Colbert said. Trump's behavior unnerved a lot of people but especially former CIA director John Brennan, Colbert noted. Brennan tweeted that Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki “rises to… Read


Seth Meyers: Donald Trump Treats Vladimir Putin Like 12 Year-Old Meeting Mickey Mouse At Helsinki Summit

President Donald Trump’s presser following his meeting with Russian ruler Vladimir Putin will go down in the books as “one of the most surreal performances by a president in modern American history,” NBC Late Night host Seth Meyers told viewers. Even before heading to Finland, Trump’s swing through Europe was one of his most disastrous trips yet, including a visit with UK’s Queen Elizabeth, where he embarrassed himself when he broke from protocol and walked aimlessly in… Read


Donald Trump To Sean Hannity: Vladimir Putin “Very, Very Strong” At Helsinki Summit Presser

Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity, who got first crack at President Donald Trump fresh off his presser with Russian ruler Vladimir Putin, kicked things off praising Trump for his Hillary Clinton digs. “You were very strong at the end of that press conference,” Hannity said, parroting back Trump’s “Where are the servers? Where are those 33K emails?” lines. Trump wanted to give presser credit where it was due, modestly turning talk to Putin’s remarks about Trump. "First of… Read