Hey CNN: you want an example of a President truly being distracted from important official business by personal matters? That would be Bill Clinton, being attended to by Monica Lewinsky while on the phone with a congressman regarding US troops in Bosnia. Now that's a concerning distraction.
Yet on this morning's New Day, co-host John Berman fretted that President Trump's signing of a check on days he was also fulfilling his official duties constituted a "jarring juxtaposition." Alisyn Camerota echoed Berman's concern over the "juxtaposition."
That this was a ginned-up nothingburger is reflected in Berman's supposed concern that Trump signed a check on February 14th, 2017, "just after Michael Flynn was pushed out of the White House." But Flynn resigned on February 13th. So that "jarring juxtaposition" that has Berman so verklempt didn't even happen on the same day. The faux outrage reached its absurd apotheosis when Camerota cited Trump for signing a check on the same day . . . that he pardoned a Thanksgiving turkey.
Shall we pardon these two CNN turkeys for manufacturing yet another phony anti-Trump angle?
Here's the transcript.
6:25 am ET
JOHN BERMAN: So breaking overnight, our friend Maggie Haberman along with Peter Baker at the New York Times, they obtained more checks that apparently were signed by President Trump to Michael Cohen over 2017 that Cohen says was reimbursement for the hush money payments to Stormy Daniels.
And Josh, it's just interesting, if you look at some of the dates here of these checks. The February 14th check came just after Michael Flynn was pushed out of the White House. There was a March 17th check, the same day that the President was hosting Angela Merkel at the White House, and suggesting that the British had spied on the US government. And you go down this list—it's just interesting to see that these payoffs were being made to Michael Cohen at the same time there was very important business that a president should be doing here. It's just a jarring juxtaposition.
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ALISYN CAMEROTA: The juxtaposition of official government business: hosting the Prime Minister of Malaysia, hosting senators to talk about tax cuts, pardoning a turkey, at the same time there's this alleged cover-up of this tawdry, personal scandal is interesting.
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BERMAN: On the very day he pardoned the turkey, he was signing a check that Michael Cohen says is for a porn-star payoff. Is nothing sacred? . . . The turkey pardons: sullied!