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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace refers to Kayleigh McEnany as Trump’s ‘righthand spokesgal’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace referred to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany as President Trump‘s “righthand spokesgal.”

During Tuesday’s coverage of the Russian bounty controversy dogging the White House, Wallace spoke with NBC News correspondent Keir Simmons, who had spoken with a spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin about the matter.

“You spoke to Vladimir Putin’s righthand man, who sounded alarmingly similar to Donald Trump’s righthand spokesgal,” Wallace said. “Talk about the Russia reaction.”

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Simmons elaborated about his conversation with Dmitri Peskov, press secretary for the Kremlin, and echoed Wallace’s description of him being Putin’s “righthand man.”

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NewsBusters’ contributing editor Mark Finkelstein slammed Wallace’s remark as “sexist,” stressing how she called McEnany a “spokesgal” versus Putin’s spokesperson as a “man.”

“Imagine the MSM fainting spells if a conservative like Rush Limbaugh had said the same about a Democrat spokeswoman? Or called Nicolle a ‘spokesgal’ for Biden?” Finkelstein wrote.

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Rep. Kinzinger: ‘deep concern’ about alleged Russian bounties, but NYT doesn’t ‘paint the whole picture’

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday that his takeway from a White House briefing on Monday on the alleged bounties Russia put on American soldiers in Afghanistan is that “it’s a really serious issue.”

“Obviously a lot of intelligence is coming out,” Kinzinger said, adding that he “actually read more granular intelligence” on Tuesday and “it’s a real deep concern, but I don’t know if this is the scandal that the other side is playing it to be.”

Top Democrats in the House of Representatives visited the White House on Tuesday morning for a briefing on the allegations and who at the White House knew about the intelligence and when.

Eight House Republicans, including Kinzinger, were briefed at the White House the day before.

The White House has denied that Trump was briefed on the issue despite reporting to the contrary from outlets like the New York Times, which reported late Monday that the bounty issue was in the written President’s Daily Brief earlier this year. It has been widely reported, however, that Trump does not read the detailed brief regularly, and is more often briefed on intelligence issues verbally.

On Wednesday Kinzinger tweeted, “I have seen the intelligence & I want to be clear: this is very serious & deserves a strong reaction, if true.”

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“The NYT report does NOT paint the whole picture, and we need to put the politics aside,” he went on to write. “Our outrage should be directed at [Russian president Vladimir] Putin.”

Speaking on “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday Kinzinger said, “I think the important thing here is that we tried to do our best to step away from, especially my friends on the other side of the aisles’ accusations of basically malfeasance and say, ‘We need to get to the bottom of this’ and then respond if we find out it’s true.”

On Monday, Kinzinger and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, issued a joint statement on the White House briefing.

“There are already those who are politicizing this issue, however we cannot let politics overshadow a truth that Republicans and Democrats alike can agree on: the Putin regime cannot be trusted,” the statement said.

“If the intelligence review process verifies the reports, we strongly encourage the administration to take swift and serious action to hold the Putin regime accountable.”

Speaking on CNN, Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., said “something that we asked for … at the briefing was that the president come out and reassure the nation that he has our back, reassure the nation that he’s going to get to the bottom of this and if these reports are verified, that Russia will face repercussions.”

“I agree with her,” Kinzinger said on Wednesday. “I think the president should reassure the nation.”

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“Keep in mind he killed the guy that killed 600 Americans, [Iranian Gen. Qassem] Soleimani,” he continued. “My friends on the other side of the aisle said it was going to start World War III.”

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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Young Republicans rally to save Roosevelt statue: ‘I’ve never heard of a free society that wants to erase the past’

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On Sunday, the New York Young Republican Club rallied around the statue of Theodore Roosevelt to defend the 26th president of the United States outside of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

“You’ll never be able to make a better future if you erase our past. And that’s something that happens in tyrannical regimes,” Gavin Wax, president of the New York Young Republican Club told Fox News. “I’ve never heard of a free society that wants to erase the past.”

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Wax says it’s about more than just Roosevelt’s statue, or any of the statues that have been taken down or defaced by riots and protesters.

“They’re trying to judge people, premodern people, by postmodern standards of morality and by that rate we’ll have no future because we’ll have to erase all of human history,” Wax said. “You have to look at the good people did. No one’s perfect. No one’s a saint. And you could find some flaws, especially in people from the past. But that should be no excuse to erase that, we need to learn from the past.”

The museum declined Fox News’ request for an interview, but on June 21 it posted a press release on its website asking for the removal of the statue.

“The statue has long been controversial because of the hierarchical composition that places one figure on horseback and the others walking alongside.” The release went on to say, “Many of us find its depictions of the Native American and African figures and their placement in the monument racist … We recognize that more work is needed to better understand not only the statue but our own history.”

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Teddy Roosevelt was a progressive ahead of his time. He was a colonel in the U.S. Army who led the Rough Riders at the Battle of San Juan Hill. He fought against large corporate monopolies and was the first president to have a black man, Booker T. Washington, dine with him at the White House.

Roosevelt also established an entirely black cabinet of advisers, something no other president repeated until his cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, organized a similar cabinet to help African-Americans during the Great Depression. Teddy Roosevelt also established 230 million acres of public land, including five national parks and 18 national monuments.

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Joy Behar confronts Mark Cuban over his vow to vote for Republicans other than Trump

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Entrepreneur Mark Cuban defended his decision to vote for Republicans in races other than the presidential election, telling “The View” co-host Joy Behar on Wednesday that he thought their policies were best suited for bringing economic recovery.

After mentioning Cuban’s decision to back former Vice President Joe Biden, Behar added: “And – but you still insist that you are going to vote for Republicans down the line, right?”

“As of now, yes. And I’ll tell you why, Joy,” Cuban said. “OK. I’m not done yet. Hold on. Hold on a second because I just want to say, you and I both know that it’s not about Trump. It’s about Trumpism. Am I right? It’s about Trumpism. The Republican leadership has been covering up for Trump for almost four years now, in my opinion.”

Cuban agreed with Behar’s argument that Republicans covered up for Trump and didn’t “live up to their oath in the Constitution.” However, he said that the country was in a “very unique time, particularly economically,” and Democrats weren’t offering the right solutions.

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“There’s so much uncertainty about how to bring the economy back. We’ve got 40 plus million people who have filed for unemployment. We really don’t know what’s going to happen going forward, if we’re going to have to close down businesses again,” he said.

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“And when I look at the Democratic response to dealing with the economy, they’re using a lot of traditional Democratic methods, right? They don’t have a unique solution to a unique problem. That concerns me. So when I said that I would vote down-ticket for Republicans, what I qualified that with was – as of now. And I’m talking to the Biden campaign. If I can get them to take the necessary steps to support the economy, because I don’t want to see us go into a depression, whether it’s Republicans or Democrats, because they’re doing things the way they’ve always done them. If I see unique policy responses to the economic issues, as well as the societal issues, then I’ll change my mind and I won’t vote straight Republican down-ticket.”

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He added that Biden’s campaign website contained “traditional, Democratic economic programs and that’s not going to get it done.”

Cuban said that he considered running for president but decided against it after taking a family vote. “I have three kids – 10, 13 and 16 – and my wife obviously, and we took a family vote at the dinner table and I lost 4 to 1. When you have kids that young, and given just the nastiness of politics these days, I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t do it to them,” he said.

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State senator calls out ‘hypocrisy’ of Minneapolis City Council members getting private security

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Westlake Legal Group Paul-Gazelka State senator calls out 'hypocrisy' of Minneapolis City Council members getting private security Talia Kaplan fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest/minnesota fox-news/us/minneapolis-st-paul fox-news/politics fox-news/person/george-floyd fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc article ac75309e-005c-5430-8f26-5df016dd3253

The Minneapolis City Council’s plan to dismantle police departments while being assigned private security details is “hypocrisy,” Minnesota State Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka told “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday.

Several Minneapolis City Council members who reportedly have received death threats following their calls to defund the police–after George Floyd’s death while in police custody on May 25–have been assigned private security details, which reportedly cost the city $4,500 per day in taxpayer dollars.

According to information obtained by Fox News, the city has spent $63,000 on private security over the last three weeks.

“The city of Minneapolis asked for 400 more police in January and they got a couple handfuls and now they want to defund the police, but yet they want their own protection,” Gazelka said, adding that the people of Minneapolis also “want their protection and they want” to be protected “by police.”

He pointed out that “a thousand buildings” were “destroyed,” a police precinct was destroyed, and the statue of Christopher Columbus was taken down in Minnesota following Floyd’s death, which was captured on cellphone video that went viral around the world.

Gazelka made the comments after City Council members voted unanimously on Friday to amend the city’s charter to remove the mandate for a police department – the first step toward disbanding it in the wake of Floyd’s death.

The amendment proposed the city replace the police department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, “which will have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach,” a draft of the amendment read.

The proposal added that the director of the new agency would have “non-law-enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches.” It also suggested setting up a division of licensed peace officers who would answer to the department’s director.

“They don’t know where they’re going,” Gazelka said on Wednesday.

“Minneapolis was meant to be a great city, but we have to stop lawlessness, that’s one of the things that we need for the communities within Minneapolis to thrive.”

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He added that “the fact that the city of Minneapolis, the city council there is against the police, is really bad.”

He explained that “the police are trying to do the best they can” and that “we are going to bring reforms on the state level.”

Gazelka also said that the state Senate will hold hearings on “what went wrong.”

He said questions he wants answered include: “Why did the National Guard not come for four days? Why did they not protect the statue of Christopher Columbus when they knew it was going to be torn down? Why did they let the precinct be destroyed when they knew they were going to do that?

“We’re going to get to the bottom of it,” Gazelka said, adding that defunding the police is not the answer.

Although the amendment received a 12-0 vote from council members, it’s facing an uphill battle as it makes its way past a policy committee and to the city’s Charter Commission for a formal review, at which point citizens and city officials also could weigh in.

If successful, the amendment will appear on the November ballot for a vote in the general election.

“[If] this charter amendment were to pass through you would have the head of public safety report to 14 different people, myself and 13 council members,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said. “Every time something bad happens it’ll be a big finger pointing contest.”

“That won’t work,” Gazelka said in response.

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“We can do better in Minnesota,” he added. “I intend for Minnesota to be the great state it’s meant to be and for Minneapolis to be the shining light it’s meant to be.”

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran and Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.

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Detroit police chief hits back at Rashida Tlaib: ‘Totally inaccurate’ to claim police abuse of peaceful protesters

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Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s claim that Detroit Police Department officers abused peaceful protesters is “totally inaccurate,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig remarked Tuesday.

In an interview on “Fox News @ Night” with host Shannon Bream, Craig explained that there was “something very different” going on Sunday evening, when police squad cars were seen on a now viral video running over protesters that had surrounded them.

“To suggest that this protest was peaceful all night certainly is totally inaccurate,” he asserted.

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On Monday, Tlaib reacted to the clip on Twitter. “This is outrageous,” she wrote. “Our city fought hard to have an elected commission to oversee abuse and misconduct by police.”

“Detroit Board of Police Commissioners: I hope you understand the gravity of this, especially if not fully investigated, documented and addressed,” she added.

According to Craig, while the “vast majority [of about] 300 or so protesters” were peaceful, there were 20 to 30 “agitators embedded” in the group, and “that’s when things went bad.”

“I know that the congresswoman is making claims that they were peacefully marching when we intersected and intentionally hit peaceful protesters. [That is] not the case,” the chief added.

“They [surrounded] the vehicle, they began to pelt the vehicle –­ not just one of our police cruisers but two of them –­ and in one instance the rear window of one of our SUVs was broken out. And, the information I got from the officer in that vehicle was that he thought he was being shot at.”

Craig told Bream that in reviewing videos of the incident, the “vast majority” of the city’s community supports his department.

“Twenty to 30 were very agitated, escalated to anger, and then violence. They jumped on the hood. They began to pelt the car. The officers feared for their safety. And they had to do only one thing: they needed to get out of harm’s way and they did that,” he stated.

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“I would have preferred that the congresswoman at least took a moment to find out what was going on,” Craig concluded. “We recognize the investigation — we’re very early in the investigation, but we’re talking about violent protesters.”

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Former NYPD lieutenant blasts de Blasio: Congratulations on ‘being the worst mayor ever’

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Retired NYPD Lt. Joe Cardinale sarcastically congratulated New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday “for adding to his legacy of being the worst mayor ever in New York.”

Cardinale told “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday that de Blasio “single-handedly” dismantled “policing across the United States.”

Cardinale made the comments hours after New York City lawmakers voted on budget changes that shifted $1 billion from the New York Police Department to programs that assist in youth and community development, a number that actually fell short of what many protesters in the city have demanded.

An encampment of protesters have set up outside City Hall since last week to demand the city “defund the police” — a movement demonstrators have been calling for across the country following the police-involved death of George Floyd in late May.

“This is ridiculous,” Cardinale said on Wednesday.

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New York City has experienced a rash of violence recently and an increase in officers retiring from the police department.

The NYPD told Fox News on Saturday that 272 officers had filed for retirement between Floyd’s death on May 25 and June 23. That represents a 49 percent increase over the same period in 2019.

Cardinale said de Blasio is “taking credit for reducing numbers.”

“Most of these numbers right now are coming from guys who are putting in their retirement,” he continued. “They’ve had enough, they’re out.”

He went on to say that New York City lawmakers “single-handedly took out the police department overnight.”

Over the weekend police officers responding to a report of shots fired in Manhattan were met with a large crowd throwing bottles and debris at them.

The New York City Police Benevolent Association shared a video that showed the crowd shouting and throwing multiple glass bottles at a police cruiser and tweeted, “This is what a ‘light touch’ looks like,” referencing comments from de Blasio during Floyd protests in May.

“This is a very serious time for New York and it’s only going to get worse,” Cardinale said.

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He warned that “what you are looking at right now is just the beginning of what’s going to happen across America, not just New York.”

Fox News’ Sam Dorman, David Aaro and Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.

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CNN’s Cuomo accused of ‘siding with the St. Louis mob’ during heated interview with armed homeowner

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo was accused of siding with the “mob” on Tuesday night during a contentious interview with Mark McCloskey, the man who went viral for brandishing a gun alongside his wife as the couple protected their home from protesters.

The couple told police the protesters broke a gate to get onto the private street in St. Louis, and the pair say they only retrieved their firearms when they spotted “multiple” people who were already armed, police department records show.

Cuomo began the interview by asking McCloskey what if feels like to have become the “face of political resistance to the Black Lives Matter movement.”

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McCloskey shot back that it was a “completely ridiculous” statement and said he was simply protecting his home.

“I’m not the face of anything opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement, I was a person scared for my life,” he said. “I was a victim of a mob that came through the gate, I didn’t care what color they were.”

McCloskey then said he has watched his city crumble and evoked the tragic death of retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn, who was shot and killed when attempting to protect a pawnshop from looters last month.

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Cuomo dismissed McCloskey’s fears and asked, “To be clear, did anything happen to you or your property?”

McCloskey said, “It’s called social intimidation … terrorism.”

Cuomo then scolded McCloskey for pointing a loaded weapon at protesters who were reportedly looking for the mayor’s home, but McCloskey said you cannot reach the mayor’s residence through his neighborhood. The two bickered over whether or not McCloskey was terrorized as the homeowner repeated claims that he felt threatened.

NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck wrote, “Cuomo spent over 13 minutes siding with the St. Louis mob” during his interview with McCloskey and his attorney, Albert Watkins.

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“Instead of showing concern, Cuomo dismissed their right to feel safe in their homes, stand their ground when threatened by trespassers, and hilariously wondered whether it was necessary to brandish weapons since, in the end, the mob didn’t storm their house,” Houck wrote. “Cuomo apparently didn’t make the connection that brandishing guns would deter people from following through on their threats, but what do any of us know.”

Cuomo bickered with McCloskey and his attorney about the details of the encounter for several minutes, with the CNN host repeatedly dismissing concerns. At one point Cuomo mistakenly said President Trump deleted a tweet showing McCloskey and his wife touting their weapons.

“I’m glad you’re a mind reader, because no one else thinks you are,” McCloskey told Cuomo, who then corrected himself and said Trump did not delete the tweet.

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Trump national security adviser surprised NY Times ‘ran with’ Russia bounty story, says info was ‘uncorroborated’

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National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said Wednesday that he was “surprised” after The New York Times and The Associated Press published explosive reports alleging that President Trump and his top officials had been aware of classified intelligence indicating that Russia was offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of American soldiers.

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In an interview on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, O’Brien called the events that have unfolded since the reports were released “an unfortunate story.”

“Number one, no one is more concerned about the safety of America and the security of our armed forces – the men and women who serve us – than President Trump. And, he has [proven] that time and again during his presidency,” he asserted.

“Number two, no one has been tougher on Russia since the end of the Cold War than President Trump with multiple sanctions. And, for example, the United States provided Javelin missiles to Ukraine, which … the predecessor administration, the Obama-Biden administration refused to do,” O’Brien stated.

The White House has vehemently denied that President Trump was briefed on the issue despite reporting to the contrary. The New York Times reported late Monday that the bounty issue was in the written President’s Daily Brief earlier this year. It has been widely reported, however, that Trump does not read the detailed brief regularly, and is more often briefed on intelligence issues verbally.

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany accused The New York Times of “false” and “erroneous reporting,” saying that the president is only briefed on verified intelligence and claiming there were “dissenting opinions” within the intelligence community.

Reacting to the report late Monday, the Department of Defense claimed that there is “no corroborating evidence” to validate the allegations in the “open-source reports.”

In a statement on Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper assured that he would continue to make sure any potential threat is taken seriously and that the Defense Department chain of command “and I are fully committed to ensuring American forces in the field have the best intelligence, weapons, equipment, protective gear, tactics and all necessary authorities to deal with any threats they might face in order to ensure their safety and mission success.”

President Trump himself has continuously denied on Twitter that either he or Vice President Mike Pence was briefed on the matter.

“The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party. The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another HOAX!” he tweeted Wednesday morning

“’No corroborating evidence to back reports.’ Department of Defense. Do people still not understand that this is all a made up Fake News Media Hoax started to slander me & the Republican Party. I was never briefed because any info that they may have had did not rise to that level,” he added.

O’Brien echoed the words of the president.

“When it comes to the briefing, that’s another false story. And, I’m somewhat surprised that the ‘New York Times’ ran with that story,” he remarked.

“The president was not briefed because at the time of these allegations they were uncorroborated. The [Department of Defense] has come out. Secretary Esper’s prior segment just showed [he] said that it was uncorroborated,” he told the “Friends” hosts.

“The intelligence community does not have a consensus. And as a result, the president’s career CIA briefer decided not to brief him because it was unverified intelligence. And, by the way, she is an outstanding officer and knowing all the facts I know, I certainly support her decision.”

“Sadly, because of the leak, it may now become impossible ever to get to the bottom of this, to get to the truth of the matter,” O’Brien lamented.

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“Someone decided to leak to hurt the president rather than uphold their obligations to the American people that they undertook when they became an intelligence officer or government employee,” he concluded.

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Joe Concha on Biden’s first press conference in 89 days: Like T-ball practice ‘with a beach ball’

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The Hill media reporter Joe Concha said on Wednesday that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s first press conference in 89 days looked much different from the way in which reporters challenge President Trump.

“I take issue with the fact that people call this softball session. It was more like a T-ball session while using a beach ball on the tee,” Concha told “Fox & Friends.”

“At one point, Mr. Biden said that soft part out loud. He seemed to be going off of the list of reporters that he was told to call on,” Concha said.

“At another point, he said, ‘I’m sorry,’ who was I supposed to call on next? Who is he speaking to there exactly?”

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Biden, at his first press conference in three months, defended his cognitive ability and said he “can hardly wait” to compare it to President Trump‘s as the general election matchup heats up.

“I’ve been tested, I’m constantly tested,” Biden said. “Look, all you’ve got to do is watch me and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.”

While Biden’s press conference in Delaware was ostensibly about how he would respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the former vice president also slammed the current White House occupant for his response to reports that Russian intelligence operatives offered to pay bounties to Taliban-linked militants who killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Biden on Tuesday said it was unimaginable that Trump would not have known about the intelligence, and called into question the president’s cognitive abilities.

“The president talks about cognitive capability, but he is not cognitively aware of what’s going on,” Biden said, reversing a hit the president has used against him.

Biden also called on Congress to investigate the matter and on Election Day, “for the public to decide whether he is fit for office.”

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Concha said that a lot of other questions could have been asked at the Biden press conference, but they were not.

“Donald Trump has taken questions from reporters 34 times in the 89 days that Joe Biden took to take a press conference and, you’re right, the hostile questions that go toward the president or his press secretary are astounding. We did not see those there yesterday.”

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