Published: Tue, March 13, 2018

Chuck Todd: 'I Bring My Kids Up to Respect the President'

Chuck Todd: 'I Bring My Kids Up to Respect the President'

The editor-in-chief of People's Pundit Daily, Richard Baris, implied that Trump's comments may have been linked to Todd being "not so nice" and "more than a little condescending" to United Steelworks president Leo Gerard during a recent interview. "Instead, last night, he was praising authoritarian figures in China and North Korea and encouraging boos of the American press".

Mnuchin also argued the press should pay less attention to Trump's rally speeches and more attention to his policies, such as his announcement on tariffs last week. "And that's what we should be focused on, a week of policies". He's had him over to the White House for off the record sessions, which usually begin with the president yelling at Chuck, Chuck yelling back, and then they settle down to have a civil conversation. On left, is Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. "But again, don't take these campaign rallies and focus them on that's what it is". "That is at a campaign rally". The president's train of thought began with North Korea, a topic he'd been asked about on Meet the Press almost 20 years ago: "Did you ever see the story where, it's 1999, I'm on Meet the Press, a show now headed by sleepy eyes Chuck Todd", Trump said.

Todd, whom Trump derided throughout the campaign as "sleepy eyes Chuck Todd", responded to Mnuchin with a deadpan tone.

"You should obviously carry them", Mnuchin said. Still, "it creates a challenge to all parents when he uses vulgarities like that", he said.

"I'll be with my kids this morning", Mnuchin noted. I think - you know, the president of the United States has every right to hit back against Chuck Todd or anyone else if he thinks that he has said something or reported something that is unfair or untrue.

"So don't worry about his values?" Todd was incredulous: "So you're saying that's acceptable behavior for the rest of the administration too, or it's just unique to him?"

"I would probably use different language myself", DeVos said. "I don't know why you are putting these words in what I'm trying to say". On Sunday's Meet the Press, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the president's language, telling Todd there were "a lot of amusing moments at that rally". "Obviously, there were a lot of amusing moments at that rally".

Todd, however, did not appear to agree.

"Yeah", Todd said. "They were hilarious".

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