Scaramucci to Tapper: 'I'll Bring Kleenex' Over to CNN When Trump Wins Re-Election

In a heated exchange between Anthony Scaramucci and CNN’s Jake Tapper during an interview on “State of the Union,” Sunday, the newly minted communications director called out the network for having no evidence of collusion despite the media’s fixation on the Russia investigations. 

Scaramucci called the Russia story a “bogus” and “nonsensical thing” and said the president isn’t going to have to pardon anyone.

Tapper responded by listing the investigations into the matter, including the FBI’s, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s, and the House Intelligence Committee’s. 

“None of that is manufactured, none of that,” Tapper said. 

“Have they found any evidence that the president or anybody in the campaign has colluded with the Russians, Jake?” Scaramucci asked.

“I don’t know,” Tapper admitted.

Scaramucci said the issue would be put to rest this week after White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort testified. 

Tapper also brought up Scaramucci’s past remarks disparaging Trump as a “hack politician.”

“If I said some things about him while I was working for another candidate, Mr. Trump, Mr. President, I apologize for that. Can we move on from that?” Scaramucci said.

“I’m going to be working for you, and I’m going to serve the American people and we’re going to get your agenda out into the heartland where it belongs and we’re going to turn this thing into a movement, a bigger movement than we have already,” he said. 

“I love how you’re talking to one specific viewer right now, the most important audience that there is,” Tapper responded sarcastically.

“He’s gonna win again, Jake,” Scaramucci said, adding, “I’ll bring a box of Kleenex over here to CNN.”

 “We don’t need Kleenex,” Tapper replied.


'Drain the Sewer' is Trump's re-branded campaign slogan

President Trump took to Twitter early Monday, proposing a change to one of his most-recognized campaign slogans.

“Drain the Swamp should be changed to Drain the Sewer — it’s actually much worse than anyone ever thought, and it begins with the Fake News!”

The president's tweet came soon after his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, released his statement ahead of his testimony before a congressional panel as part of its probe into Russian meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Kushner wrote in his prepared testimony that he "did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government."

"I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector," Kushner wrote, adding that he had tried to be "fully transparent" with regard to his security clearance form, which has been under scrutiny under recent weeks. Kushner acknowledged in his testimony that "there has been a good deal of misinformation reported" about his security clearance form, consistent with his father-in-law's "fake news” sentiment.

Kushner said in his testimony that Reuters reported that he had two calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak between April and November 2016.

"While I participated in thousands of calls during this period, I do not recall any such calls with the Russian ambassador. We have reviewed the phone records available to us and have not been able to identify any calls to any number we know to be associated with Ambassador Kislyak and I am highly skeptical these calls took place," Kushner wrote. 


John Boehner Says Republicans Will ‘Never’ Repeal And Replace Obamacare

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that Republicans will “never” repeal and replace Obamacare, ahead of the Senate’s latest attempt to kill the health care law.

“Here we are, seven months into this year, and yet they’ve not passed this bill. Now, they’re never, they’re not going to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Boehner said in a speech last week. “It’s been around too long. And the American people have gotten accustomed to it. Governors have gotten accustomed to this Medicaid expansion, and so trying to pull it back is really not going to work.”

The Washington Post on Tuesday posted video of the address, which Boehner delivered during a pharmaceutical industry conference in Las Vegas on Friday.

Senate Republicans are on Tuesday giving their Obamacare repeal efforts another shot, voting on whether to proceed with the House GOP’s health care bill.

As HuffPost’s Matt Fuller explains:

“Republicans could then put up amendments to replace that measure entirely. A repeal-only bill, a revised replacement bill, and legislation to give states the power to decide Obamacare all were expected to get a vote.”

It wasn’t clear, however, what the text of those bills would look like, whether the provisions would survive the Senate’s Byrd rule, and ― the biggest question of all ― whether McConnell has the votes for passage.

Under Boehner’s leadership, House Republicans spent years trying to take down former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. However, since leaving office, the former Ohio congressman has indicated he doesn’t think a full repeal is possible.

“I shouldn’t have called it repeal and replace because that’s not what’s going to happen,” he told Politico in February. ”[Republicans are] basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it.”


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