CNN anchor Don Lemon went viral last week when he spoke directly to President Trump during a monologue on his show, asking the President why his predecessor seems to constantly get under his skin.
The segment was notable as Lemon raised the massive elephant in the room — Obama is a successful black man — and called into question Trump’s ongoing attacks and criticism of people of color. I couldn’t help but rewatch the segment this weekend as Trump went on a Twitter tear over Obama’s remarks about the Michael Flynn investigation.
As we reported, Trump spent the majority of his day Sunday tweeting and retweeting about an “Obamagate” conspiracy theory, which he and his underlings have now decided was worse than Watergate. The baseless theory suggests that Obama went out of his way to sabotage Trump’s presidency with the Flynn investigation.
The President’s spiraling attempts to call out his predecessor this weekend are just a little too transparent. Trump’s desperate to deflect attention as his administration is criticized daily for its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Here’s more on that and other stories we’re following today:
What The Investigations Team Is Watching
Tierney Sneed is writing about two former high profile members of the Justice Department who have called out the attorney general for his handling of the Flynn case.
Kate Riga is reporting on Michigan’s consideration of a ban on the allowance of guns at the state capitol after several armed protests have broken out over the governor’s stay-at-home order.
What The Breaking News Team Is Watching
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) recently decided to stay home in Tennessee instead of returning to D.C. in order to self-quarantine for 14 days after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19. His spokesperson said the decision was made out of an “abundance of caution” after speaking to the Senate attending physician. We’ll continue monitoring this story.
Trump called on the FCC to censor NBC after one of its hosts, Chuck Todd, criticized the attorney general. Trump has long had issues with Todd and NBC as a whole over its coverage of his administration.
If You Read Anything On COVID-19 Today, Read This
Tierney Sneed reports on the administration’s ongoing effort to terminate Obamacare and the impact it would have on the administration’s attempts to combat the coronavirus, a response that has been heavily criticized.
Earlier coverage of the administration’s COVID-19 response:
- WH Moves To Screen Scientists Statements On Coronavirus
- How Jared Kushner Is Tackling The White House’s Coronavirus Response
- Trump’s Coronavirus Briefing Devolves Into Unwieldy Rant
12:30 p.m. ET: Trump will meet with the secretary of state in the Oval Office.
4:00 p.m. ET: Trump and other administration officials will hold a press briefing on the coronavirus and testing in the Rose Garden.
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What We Are Reading
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