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Chuck Todd: Trump Admin’s “War On Press” “Nothing Less Than A War On The Truth”


Chuck Todd delivers a monologue on the Trump administration's treatment of the press on Wednesday's edition of Meet The Press Daily. CHUCK TODD: I'm obsessed with the White House's war on the press and on the media. Let's be clear about this, that war is nothing less than a war on the truth. Do we get it right all the time? Nope, we don't. And when we don't, we run a correction, and in some cases, people lose their jobs. That's what just happened at CNN. CNN took responsibility for its mistakes. At this network, we've done it quite a few times publicly as well. But because we try to get it right we take what we do seriously, because truth, viewers and readers' trust is all we have and without that, we're nothing. We all know we get fired for not telling the truth. And of course that's the point, isn't it? Of course,the White House attacks, delegitimizes the media to create running room for its version of events. It's as old as media itself.

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Chuck Todd To Mark Warner: How Is Trump Tied To Russian Intervention In 2016 U.S. Election?


NBC's Chuck Todd asked Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) to react to David Brooks' comments on Sunday's Meet The Press and his latest column in The New York Times where he ponders what if anything does Trump have to do with Russia. "I'm bothered by the lack of emerging evidence about the underlying crime — that there was actually collusion or coordination between the Trump White House [and the Russians]," Brooks said on the Sunday morning show. "He is growing skeptical that with all the leaks that have come out, there's never been a leak about that. What do you say to David Brooks and others that are starting to question whether there's any there there?" Chuck Todd asked the Democratic Senator. Warner only said that the intelligence community agrees that the Russians intervened in the election but was unable to tie Trump to any of it or cite any proof of collusion. From Tuesday's broadcast of Meet The Press Daily: CHUCK TODD: Can you answer this criticism from David Brooks both on the show and this morning in his column. And he writes, 'As the Trump-Russia story has evolved, it is striking how little evidence there is that any underlying crime occurred — that there was any actual collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russians.' He is growing skeptical that with all the leaks that have come out, there's never been a leak about that. What do you say to David Brooks and others that are starting to question whether there's any there there? SEN. MARK WARNER (D-VA): What I would say is let's take this in order. First of all, we absolutely know that the Russians tried to intervene in our election system. They hacked into the DNC and they also used weaponized information. Everyone from all the intelligence communities, virtually every Senator, Democrat and Republican, agrees with that fact. The only person, frankly, who seems to reject that notion is the president himself who calls this 'fake news' or a 'witch hunt.' He's just factually wrong. The second piece is we are still at the relatively early stages, I'm not going to give a percentage, as we start to deal with those affiliates of the Trump campaign who at least have been rumored or talked about having contacts with the Russians. I would have expected to have more of that work done. But who could have ever predicted that the president himself would have gone out and fired FBI Director Comey, that he would be launching these rumors that he might be firing, potentially firing special prosecutor Mueller? That has actually taken time away from the further conversations with those Trump officials who may have been involved with the Russians.

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Eugene Robinson on Trump/Russia Investigation: “I Don’t See Why We Should Be That Concerned We Don’t Have The Smoking Gun Yet”


Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson weighs in on New York Times columnist David Brooks' concern that the two papers of record might be jumping to conclusions about accusations that President Trump "colluded" with Russia during the 2016 election.

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Stephanie Cutter: Trump “Politicizing” Terror Attack By Retweeting Drudge Report, Quoting Mayor Of London


President Obama's 2012 deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter appeared on Sunday's 'Meet the Press' roundtable to discuss President Trump's politicization of Saturday night's terrorist attack in London. "Never before in our history have we seen a president of the United States confirming [an attack] ahead of his own national security council — forwarding things that are printed on Drudge [Report] about a terror attack." pic.twitter.com/IbALjwssmD— RCP Video (@rcpvideo) June 4, 2017 STEPHANIE CUTTER: He has. I mean never before in our history have we seen a president of the United States confirming something ahead of his own national security council. Forwarding things that are printed on Drudge about a terror attack, and one of our dearest alliances in London. So, number one. Number two, he's politicizing it by attacking the Mayor of London. The Mayor of London saying there is no reason for alarm. He's trying to calm his citizens and the president is essentially making fun of that. And then he's politicizing it by bringing up the travel ban. Forget the legal argument of what it does to the Supreme Court by saying that it is a ban even though they are arguing that it's not a ban, politicizing the moment of a terror attack has never been done before by the president of the United States.

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Kerry: Trump Negotiating Better Climate Deal Like “OJ Trying To Find The Real Killer”


Appearing on 'Meet the Press,' former Secretary of State John Kerry ridiculed President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, and his promise to negotiate a better climate deal. Speaking with host Chuck Todd, Kerry said that Trump was playing to his base by pulling out of the accord, saying the "anger and frustration" of many Americans was being exploited with a "phony economic argument." Kerry added that saying he could negotiate a better climate deal is "like OJ Simpson saying he's gonna go out and find the real killer." "It's just not going to happen because he doesn't believe in it." "Everybody knows he isn't going to do that because he doesn't believe in it," Kerry continued. "If he did believe in it, he wouldn't have pulled out of Paris. America has unilaterally ceded global leadership on this issue, which for years, even Republican Presidents George H.W. Bush pushed in this direction." Full interview:

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Scott Pruitt: Paris Is A Bad Deal; That Doesn’t Mean We Won’t Work On Reducing Carbon Emissions


EPA administrator Scott Pruitt argues that in the same way that the U.S. reduced Carbon emissions even after pulling out of the Kyoto climate treaty, technology can continue to improve the environment without the Paris agreement.

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Chuck Todd: Last Three Democratic Presidential Candidates That Lost Don’t Believe They “Truly Lost”


Chuck Todd weighs in on Hillary Clinton's inability to acknowledge that she "truly lost" the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Todd cites John Kerry and Al Gore as the other two. "She is now the third straight losing Democratic nominee for president to not believe they truly lost," Todd said of Clinton. "She doesn't believe she lost fair and square. John Kerry to this day does not believe he lost fair and square in '04. And we know Al Gore doesn't believe he lost fair and square. Just something interesting there." "But the other two didn't talk about it as much. Just saying," Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus added.

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General Kelly: Americans Leaking High Level Classified Intel Are “Darn Close To” Committing Treason


Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly talks about potntial consequences for those leaking high level classified information to the media. Sunday's 'Meet the Press' on NBC: CHUCK TODD: Did British Prime Minister Theresa May have a point when she complained to the United States about leaks? SEC. JOHN KELLY: She did. CHUCK TODD: She did. It did come from our side. SEC. JOHN KELLY: I don't know where the leak came from. But I will tell you this, as I always do in cases like this, I immediately called my counterpart in the UK. And after offering my condolences about the attack – and unbelievably the third time in 120 days I've done that; I've called the minister and offered my condolences. She immediately brought this topic up. And, if it came from the United States, it's totally unacceptable. And I don't know why people do these kind of things, but it's borderline, if not over the line, of treason. CHUCK TODD: Do you plan – you call – you believe it's treason, to leak some of this stuff, you believe that's treason? SEC. JOHN KELLY: I do believe it is

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