Apr 30, 2017

Sunday shows recap

Dave Lawler, author of World

ABC's This Week

President Trump went on CBS' Face the Nation and guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions under the health care bill, called Kim Jong-un a "smart cookie" and explained why he ended up reversing himself over NAFTA. Meanwhile...

  • Mike Pence conceded on NBC's Meet the Press that Trump's tax plan could raise the deficit "in the short term" but contended that growth would cover that gap in the long term.
  • Reince Priebus said on ABC's This Week that the White House had "looked at" ways, including a Constitutional amendment, to change libel laws so Trump could pursue media outlets he believes aren't covering him truthfully.
  • Priebus also denied that Trump's White House invitation to President Duterte of the Philippines sent a signal that "human rights don't matter," saying it was about getting the "ducks in a row" in SE Asia over North Korea.

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American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd

Goerge Bush in Michigan in 2009. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush (R) wrote in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife, Laura, are "anguished" by the death of George Floyd, and said that "it is time for America to examine our tragic failures."

Why it matters: It's a stark juxtaposition when compared to fellow Republican President Trump's response to current civil unrest. While Trump has called for justice in Floyd's death, he's also condemned protestors and threatened to deploy military personnel if demonstrations continue.