June 17, 2018

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon resurfaced Sunday for an appearance on ABC's This Week to weigh in on, among other things, President Trump's honesty and what's wrong with the pope.

President Trump "has not always told the truth," host Jonathan Karl said while recalling Bannon's time in the White House, but Bannon disagreed. "I don't know that," Bannon replied. “This is another thing to demonize him." Karl pushed back: "You think the president has never lied?"

Bannon said he thinks exactly that. "Not to my knowledge, no," he answered. "Except when he called me Sloppy Steve."

Bannon also addressed the Trump administration's broadly condemned and not legally mandatory policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border. "It's zero tolerance. I don't think you have to justify it," he said. "We have a crisis on the southern border but the elites in the city ... want to manage situations to bad outcomes. And Donald Trump is not going to do that."

In contrast with his praise for Trump, Bannon, a professing Catholic, slammed Pope Francis for his approach to Europe's refugee crisis and labeled the Catholic Church "one of the worst instigators of this open borders policy." Watch those comments below. Bonnie Kristian

June 17, 2018

"Chuck, let me just tell you, that nobody likes seeing babies ripped from their mothers' arms," White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on NBC Sunday of the Trump administration's separation of migrant families at the border. "As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who has got a conscience ... I will tell you that nobody likes this policy," she continued.. "You saw the president on camera that he wants this to end," she continued, "but ... Congress has to act."

As host Chuck Todd protested, the family separations are not required by law and were instituted by the Trump administration as an immigration deterrent. Some of the families affected have not crossed the border illegally but rather are following legal procedure to seek asylum. Congress only "has to act" in the sense that President Trump is using the unpopular policy as a bargaining chip to obtain the immigration bill he wants.

Watch an excerpt of Conway's comments below, or read her full remarks here. Bonnie Kristian

June 10, 2018

While President Trump traveled to Singapore for Tuesday's North Korea summit, his economic advisers continued his line of attack on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in appearances on Sunday shows.

On CNN, Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow said Trudeau's pushback on Trump's tariffs at a Saturday press conference was "a betrayal," a "sophomoric, political stunt for domestic consumption." Kudlow accused Trudeau of "stab[bing] us in the back" by undermining Trump's authority in advance of his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He urged Trudeau to make a public apology.

White House National Trade Council director Peter Navarro likewise condemned Trudeau on Fox.

"There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door," he said. "That's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference. That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One." Bonnie Kristian

June 3, 2018

President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani says his client has "no intention" of pardoning himself, but former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara isn't convinced. "I hate to keep harping on this point," he said on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, but "Rudy, just like [fellow Trump lawyer] Jay Sekulow, keeps coming up with things that end up being false. So when he says the president is not contemplating something, I have no faith in that whatsoever."

If Trump were convicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's campaign and then pardoned himself, Bharara said, he should not expect to retain power for long. "I think it would be outrageous for the sitting president of the United States to pardon [himself]," he said. "I think if the president decided he was going to pardon himself — I think that's almost self-executing impeachment."

Watch a clip of Bharara's comments below. Bonnie Kristian

June 3, 2018

President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani appeared on ABC News Sunday to defend the letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller published by The New York Times Saturday in which the president's lawyers sketched a robust view of executive power where the president by definition cannot obstruct justice. Giuliani was not Trump's lawyer in January, when the letter was written, but he deemed its arguments "excellent" and "very, very persuasive."

He also said Trump "probably" has the power to pardon himself. "He has no intention of pardoning himself but he probably — not to say he can't," he said. "I mean, that's another really interesting constitutional argument: 'Can the president pardon himself?'"

Giuliani was more circumspect about the letter's claim that Trump can "terminate the inquiry" at "any time for any reason," saying he "would not go that far." Watch the full interview below. Bonnie Kristian

May 27, 2018

The evidence that occasioned the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead a probe into Russian election meddling efforts and alleged Trump campaign involvement was illegitimate, President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on CNN Sunday, arguing that therefore the entire probe is illegitimate.

"I'm not saying Mueller is illegitimate; I'm saying the basis on which he was appointed was illegitimate," Giuliani told State of the Union host Dana Bash, pointing to James Comey's leaked memos and "spygate" as the sources of illegitimacy.

Bash sought to clarify Giuliani's view of the probe's legitimacy, as distinct from Mueller as special counsel and the probe's origins. "So you think that the Mueller probe is legitimate?" she asked. "Not anymore," he replied. "I don’t. I did when I came in." Watch Giuliani's comments in context below. Bonnie Kristian

May 13, 2018

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) "can be criticized for any political decision he's ever made or any vote he's ever cast," said McCain's longtime friend, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on CBS News Sunday, "but he's an American hero. And I think most Americans would like to see the Trump administration do better in situations like this. It doesn't hurt you at all to do the right thing and to be big."

Graham was referring to the news that a Trump administration aide, Kelly Sadler, joked that McCain's view of CIA director nominee Gina Haspel "doesn't matter, because he's dying anyway." "It's [a] pretty disgusting thing to say," Graham said on Face the Nation. "If it was a joke, it was a terrible joke. I just wish somebody from the White House would tell the country that was inappropriate — that's not who we are in the Trump administration."

Graham also weighed in on the weekend's Iran, Israel, and North Korea news. See his full remarks here, and watch a clip of the senator's comments below. Bonnie Kristian

May 6, 2018

President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, could have made additional payments to other women beyond the $130,000 he paid adult film star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence about an alleged affair with the president, Trump's new personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said Sunday on ABC News.

"I have no knowledge of that. But I would think if it was necessary, yes," Giuliani said. He sought to cast Cohen's behavior as normal lawyerly stuff from which Trump was to some extent removed. Cohen "made payments for the president — or he conducted business for the president," Giuliani continued, "which means he had legal fees, moneys laid out, and expenditures — which I have on my bills to my clients."

Watch an excerpt of Giuliani's comments below. Bonnie Kristian

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