Chuck Todd Baffled By Trump Presser, VOA: 'A Constitutional Crisis?' - 2020-04-15
MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd appeared baffled after President Donald Trump's daily coronavirus press conference held in the Rose Garden Wednesday, asking a panel of experts asking if the commander-in-chief is "trying to create a constitutional crisis over Voice of America."
Todd's comment came on the heels of Trump voicing repeated frustration over Congressional obstruction of his cabinet officials. He specifically cited the case of his nominee to run the board of Voice of America, the federal government-funded overseas radio network, who has not yet been confirmed. Trump continued on a tangent about the agency, slamming its coverage, saying: "What things they say is disgusting toward our country." The president's attacks on VOA on Wednesday were presaged over this past weekend on one of the White House's official communications channels, an attack echoed by Trump's social media director, who claimed the broadcast arm was "paying for China's very own propaganda."
Trump then broadened his fire at the briefing, railing against the now-common tactic — practiced by both parties — of the Senate continuing "pro-forma" sessions, instead of officially going into recess, to prevent the president from appointing temporary officials to fill administrations vacancies. Trump claimed that he had the power to overrule this rule and force Congress to act on approving his appointees during the pandemic.