Ron Klain On Virus Relief Talks | Deadline | MSNBC

by birtanpublished on August 16, 2020

Yeah one of the things we saw just today ron was we saw senior members of his administration doing interviews on the south lawn we saw his press secretary uh doing the briefing and being asked basic questions about for example when

Is this money going to come through how is this going to work and unable to answer any of those questions and it kind of follows what we saw for example in some of the interviews that the president has done

Recently with jonathan swann for example that he has a bunch of charts that have information that really don't tell the story right and he seems confused even when he's challenged about that information

That he's been handed but i think what it tells us is is there anyone or at least begs the question is there anyone around him since someone is giving him this information is there anyone around him who looks and

Sees and says we can fix this here's how we're going to do it well look i think he obviously has dr fauci available to him he's the world's leading infectious disease

Expert i wish the president would listen to him as opposed to having his white house staff do oppo dumps on dr fauci uh dr pouch has been an advisor to six presidents and given them good advice

But as senator mccaskill was just saying instead with what is the president doing after having spent months putting the lives of senior citizens at risk he signed an executive order that puts their livelihoods at risk

By diverting hundreds of billions of dollars out of the trust fund that funds social security and medicare funds both those programs with no plan to put it back in and no consideration for how those programs

Will be funded when all these hundreds of billions of dollars are diverted out of them what we know is donald trump's really trying to act the part of president trying to do something to make it seem

Like he's being responsive he's not fighting the virus and he's not doing deals with congress to get something done you can't get something passed by congress if you're standing in a sand

Trap in bedminster he needs to be working with the congressional leadership and getting some action to help people with the economic consequences of this virus too

Well to that point uh jonathan just a couple of hours ago i was talking to garrett hake who was saying in his conversations on the hill there has been no contact between the democrats and the white house

Is there even any indication that anybody in the building behind you is feeling the pressure to get back to bargaining that they're going to be able to sit down

And somehow hammer something out well the white house is certainly signaling that they're open to negotiations that they would like talks to resume now having said that the president

Tweeted today uh reiterating a claim he made last night on the tarmac in morristown new jersey the democrats have already reached out to him and said they want to have these negotiations but calls to senator

Minority leader schumer's office and house speaker pelosi's office revealed that they certainly didn't so it's not quite clear which democrats may have reached out and when we asked the press secretary at a briefing a few hours ago

She said she wouldn't get into the president's call log so therefore we're not sure which if any democrats have reached out but this may be simply a way of the president trying to say we want to talk

With his own his own advisors and aides though they're obviously talking up these executive actions believing they will help they recognize that they will fall short of what is really needed here

That it's a congressional package would be significantly bigger and more vital to the americans who are suffering right now economically because of of the pandemic so they're

Urging talks to recover and resume but there's no action on capitol hill at all today no no public events no press events uh so that is still something that will be off

In the distance we know the president is going to be briefing again today they just announced at 5 30. uh you can rest assured this will be a question that we put to them yeah many questions i'm sure but by and

By claire mccaskill where are your former republican colleagues who every time barack obama signed an executive order raised holy hell and again we said ben sasse he did put

Out a statement he did say that this is unconstitutional swap but otherwise it's been largely crickets yeah this is um really this is a moment in history that will be called out for the hypocrisy

Of the republicans in the united states senate uh you know the tops of their heads would have blown off if barack obama said he could cut payroll taxes with an executive order

They would be you know tearing down the white house if barack obama said yeah i can waive student loan payments i can do all of these things i can take money out of the social security trust fund

This is not the way this is supposed to work in our constitution when congress can't agree the president doesn't get to decide he's not a king and donald trump doesn't get that part he thinks he is a king he wants to be a

King so ben sass role modeled what the rest of the republicans should be doing the way to stop this president right now the way to get a deal is to call out his phony executive

Orders and memorandums and get back to making a deal to help state and local governments help families directly and actually help people get over this pandemic by the things that ron talked about

Money for testing and tracing and making sure testing works and doing masks and shutdowns in a way that will stop this pandemic that's what our economy really needs before we go jonathan the days are gone

When all of us were taking up every seat in the briefing room any chance you're uh you're up this this day are are you in the briefing room or it's not your not your number the ap is

Always in the briefing room and it's my turn in the chair today so uh second row slightly off center yeah okay i'll be there and certainly the press corps has a lot of questions to ask about the executive

Orders uh but also the intelligence from over the weekend uh that suggested that once again uh russia is trying to hurt the president's democratic opponent

In the election even as perhaps china and iran are expressing their preference for the president to lose so lots to discuss hey there i'm chris hayes from msnbc thanks for watching msnbc on youtube if

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