NBC's Chuck Todd Clearly Irritated by Trump's Comments at Pa. Rally

By Susan Jones | March 12, 2018 | 8:44am EDT
An irritated Chuck Todd, host of NBC's "Meet the Press," grills Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on President Trump's comments at a campaign rally. (Photo: Screen grab/NBC)

(CNSNews.com) - President Trump, a frequent critic of the liberal news media, insulted NBC's Chuck Todd at a rally near Pittsburgh on Saturday, and a day later, a visibily irritated Todd spent time on "Meet the Press" arguing about Trump's behavior with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

"I'm on 'Meet the Press,' a show now headed by sleepy-eyes Chuck Todd, he's a sleeping son of a bitch, I tell you," the president told a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

Todd did not play that particular soundbite on "Meet the Press" a day later. But he did asked Mnunchin what parents are supposed to tell their kids:

"Look, final question for you," Todd told Mnuchin. "Many people including myself, raise their kids to respect the office of the presidency and the president of the United States. When he uses vulgarity to talk about individuals, what are they supposed to tell their kids?" Todd asked.

"Well, again, I'll be with my kids this morning, and I'll be focused on them, on what the president is doing to protect the United States, its citizens, and more importantly, its economy," Mnuchin said.

Todd followed up: "So, he's not a moral -- don't worry about his values, don't worry about him as a role model?"

"I never said that whatsoever," Mnuchin responded. "So, I don't know why you're putting these words in what I'm trying to say. OK? So, again, I am very comfortable with what we're doing, OK? And again, I think you're trying to take this out of perspective, and implying something I'm not saying."

"Fair enough," Todd said, "but...what are you supposed to say when he's using these vulgarities, to kids?"

"Again, I think you should be focused on what the policies are. He's using these vulgarities in the context of a campaign rally and, obviously, there were a lot of funny moments on that rally."

"Yes, they were hilarious," Todd said sarcastically.

That final question to Mnuchin came after Todd grilled him about other aspects of the president's rally.

For example, "Meet the Press" played clips of Trump calling Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) a "low-IQ individual." "If somebody on your staff referred to her that way in public, as a low IQ person, would that person still be on your staff?" Todd asked Mnuchin.

Mnuchin replied that Trump likes to "put names on people," and it's all part of a campaign rally.

"So you're saying that's acceptable behavior for the rest of the administration too?" Todd asked.

"Again, Chuck, this is something that is at a campaign rally. And the president likes making funny names," Mnuchin said.

Todd then played a video clip from the rally where Trump told the crowd not to boo North Korea, while accepting boos directed at the "fake news" media.
Mnuchin told Todd he should be focusing on Trump's "great week of results," including a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea and new trade policies.

Todd then asked Mnuchin several more questions about why Trump does not stress the value of a free press.

"I wasn't at the campaign rally, as you know," Mnuchin said. "But again don't -- don't take these campaign rallies and focus them on, that's what it is, OK?"

"So should we stop covering the campaign rallies?" Todd asked. "Do you think it's a mistake then for us to cover them at all? That it doesn't matter what he says?"

Mnuchin repeated that Todd was putting words in his mouth: He said the media should "obviously carry" campaigns rallies becuase they're news.

"What I'm trying to say is, I'm focused on the policies," Mnuchin said. "And the policies have created results. We've had more results in the last year on both foreign policy and domestic matters. So, what we should be focused on and what I came to talk about were the president's policies."

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