Entries from Sep 2017
High-Flying Mnuchin

“The idea that you need secure communications instruments on your honeymoon. That’s a whole new deal,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during the panel conversation about Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin having requested the use of a government jet for his European honeymoon at $25,000 per hour to attain ‘secure communications’. Hear more of the conversation about the controversial spending by Mnuchin and MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan’s opinion that the secure communications need is a “flat out lie.”

New News on Flynn’s Foreign Dealings

“Carol, you just pointed out that the obvious pattern here would be to try and flip General Flynn using the legal difficulty of his son as a means to help doing that, but in the course of your reporting, did you get any sense of the pace of the investigation in terms of just General Flynn and his activities?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of NBC News national political reporter Carol Lee during a conversation about the Russian probe gaining steam as it relates to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who, new reports show failed to disclose a trip and work he did related to a private proposal to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East. Listen to Lee’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

Barnicle: “This isn’t about DACA”

“This isn’t about DACA, it’s not about Steve King, it’s not about Laura Ingraham: It’s about Donald J. Trump. He wants a win. He’s watched the Cleveland Indians win 21 straight. He likes to be on that side of the aisle. He wants a win, and that’s what this is about. He wants a big W on the wall in the Oval Office. And he doesn’t care about Schumer, Pelosi, McConnell — nobody. He cares about himself. That’s who he is,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the panel talks about President Donald Trump agreeing with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to work on legislation that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation and massively increase border security, but exclude President Trump’s much-promised wall on the southern border. Listen to more of the discussion here. Only on MSNBC.

Storm for the Ages

During the discussion with MSNBC Meteorologist Bill Karins, Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks: “Bill, in your experience, do you recall a storm with such a damaging shelf life extending through days and hours and still in a sense walloping Georgia and South Carolina?” Hear more about record-breaking Hurricane Irma and the destruction it caused as a Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds.

Rep. Devin Nunes: In or Out?

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) talks with Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about the role of Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, in the Russia probe. “Has he recused himself, or not?” asks Barnicle of Schiff. Hear Schiff’s surprising answer and his concern about getting to “the truth” of the situation.

Ryan vs. The Freedom Caucus

During a conversation with Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) about the possible ramifications of the contentious relationship between House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the House Freedom Caucus, Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks: “Congressman, what’s the story in the internal cat fight between the Freedom Caucus and the Speaker of the House? And what’s the threat level to the Speaker’s job?” Listen to Cole’s position here.

Facebook on the Hot Seat

The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig joins the Morning Joe panel to talk about her reporting on Facebook’s admission that a Russian-based group bought $100,000 in political ads from the social media site.
“What was the basic message of these ads and is Facebook going to releases the ads so we can judge for ourselves what they were all about?” asks Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle. Hear Leonnig’s response here on MSNBC.

Trump: Inside Out

“Long-term to Donald Trump is lunch today. It’s about maybe noontime, and we make the mistake too often of viewing the Trump presidency and Trump himself from the inside, from the perspective of internal politics: The House and the Senate, its relationship with the President, the White House’s relationship with Capitol Hill. If you view Donald Trump from the outside, you get a much better picture of what happened yesterday. You have a selfish guy, who’s President of the United States, who’s in it for himself primarily, to get a victory for himself to be able to boast in North Dakota that he knows how to cut deals — that he just did cut a deal. That’s the view of Trump from the outside,” explains Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with the hosts Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist about President’s Trump motivation for the deal with Democratic Minority Leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi to pair hurricane relief with a three-month debt limit hike— a deal that left some Republican lawmakers quite upset.

Trump: Done Deal

“Why is anyone really and truly surprised about what has happened here? The President of the United States is a man of the moment — he lives for the headline, he lives for the cable hour, he lives for the win. The personal is political, the political is personal. He will do anything to achieve even a momentary win (and) this is much more than a momentary win. He just has an affinity for Chuck Schumer that he is never going to have for Mitch McConnell. Jim, you’ve covered the Hill for years. Am I off base in that estimation?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Axios co-founder/CEO Jim VandeHei as the panel talks about President Donald Trump’s deal with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to tie emergency funding for hurricane relief with measures that would raise the debt ceiling and keep the government open for three months, to the consternation of some Republicans. Listen in on the conversation here.

POTUS: Reversal on DACA

“Kasie, how long is it before the fact that the President of the United States once again does not fully grasp the details of something – an issue, in this case DACA — health care before this. How long is it before (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell and (House Speaker Paul) Ryan finally explode in public about the fact that the President knows very little about what he’s pushing?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse course and rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), known as the ‘Dreamers’ program. Listen to the conversation here with Barnicle, Hunt and Joe Scarborough.