Mar 8, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Donald Trump Jr. defends his father’s attacks on fired Cabinet officials

In an interview for "Axios on HBO," Donald Trump Jr. tells Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei that President Trump “getting there” on hiring the right people for his Cabinet:

  • “You have a guy that functioned as a businessman for a long time. It's an entirely new world. I think now he's figuring that out.”

The big picture: Turnover is normal in a presidential administration, but Trump's public disputes with his former top officials are not so normal. That includes Trump comments like...

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: "Dumb as a rock."
  • Secretary of Defense James Mattis: "World's most overrated general"
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "Weak... scared stiff... mixed up and confused."
  • Steve Bannon: "Sloppy man who cried like a little dog."

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"Axios on HBO" interviews Donald Trump Jr.

On the next episode of “Axios on HBO," amid Trump supporters at a bar in the swing state of Wisconsin, Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei and Donald Trump Jr. have a lively discussion about the 2020 election, the role of the media, Hunter Biden, Russian meddling and more.

Watch the full interview on March 8 at 6 pm ET/PT on all HBO platforms.

Trump Jr. defends saying Democrats want millions to die from coronavirus

Donald Trump Jr. said he's "entitled to speak with hyperbole" when questioned in an interview with "Axios on HBO" about his statement suggesting Democrats want millions to die from the coronavirus.

Between the lines: Trump Jr. told Fox News in late February that "for Democrats to try to take a pandemic and seemingly hope that it comes here and kills millions of people so that they could end Donald Trump's streak of winning is a new level of sickness."

"Axios on HBO" interviews House Majority Whip James Clyburn

On the next episode of "Axios on HBO," House Majority Whip James Clyburn, the Democratic "kingmaker" largely credited for Joe Biden’s surge, tells Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei that he thinks President Trump is a racist and warns the U.S. "could very well go the way of Germany in the 1930s". Catch the full interview on Sunday, March 15 at 6 p.m. ET/PT on all HBO platforms.