A Monday panel discussion on CNN’s New Day, featuring Jack Kingston and Angela Rye, went downhill fast this week, with Rye closing out the segment by refusing to call Donald Trump her president. The topic of discussion was — unsurprisingly — the recently revealed 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
The panel started off slowly, with Kingston agreeing with host Chris Cuomo that Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow was wrong in blaming the Secret Service for Trump Jr.’s meeting, although he asserted that the “real” question is whether or not anything actionable was handed off to the Trump campaign during that meeting.
As Rye countered, the “real” question is actually why Donald Trump Jr. ever intended to have the meeting in the first place, which is clearly laid bare in his relevant emails, as posted to Twitter. He went into the meeting seeking dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. Rye slammed the president’s son’s actions as revealing “intent to conspire [with the Russians] and that would be to break a federal election law.”
Kingston fired back by referencing shaky allegations against the DNC that they, through staffer Alexandra Chalupa, got info that was sourced from the Ukrainian government, but Kingston’s “gotcha” moment failed after Rye said she would stand with him against the DNC if they’d really done something wrong.
The closest that Kingston got to acknowledging that Trump Jr. did anything wrong was in calling his meeting “naive.”
He eventually returned to looking for a “gotcha” moment, bringing up false allegations against former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that he himself had maintained secretive, inappropriate connections to Russia.
He finished off by utilizing a completely irrelevant defense of the character of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who participated in Trump Jr.’s meeting with Veselnitskaya.
‘Paul Manafort would have not walked out of there with information that he felt was a violation of the law and not done something about it; I know that much about Paul Manafort.’
Yeah, that’s debatable, Jack.
A real kicker came when Rye finished off by saying to Kingston
‘[Trump] went into a press conference during the summer asking Russia to find the other 30,000 emails. There are a lot of things that your president has done to defy logic. Let’s at least acknowledge that.’
“Your president too,” Kingston mockingly shot back.
Shaking her head, Rye replied, “He’s your president.”
“The president of the United States,” host Chris Cuomo chimed in, before closing the segment.
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