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Ukraine's Zelenskyy said Americans are not 'funding war' but 'protecting democracy' with their aid. Once passed by the Senate and signed by Biden, ammo and weapons could reach Ukraine in days. AdvertisementAmericans may be fatigued by the war in Ukraine, but Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reminded them on Sunday that at least they don't have to fight in it. He said the United States is "protecting democracy" in Europe. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers.
Persons: Ukraine's Zelenskyy, Zelenskyy, , Volodymyr Zelenskyy, NBC's Kristen Welker Organizations: Senate, Biden, Service, NBC News, Business Locations: Ukraine, Ukrainian, United States, Europe
Rep. Don Bacon on Sunday warned that "it's possible" that Speaker Mike Johnson could face a vote to oust him if he moves to pass Ukraine aid in the House. "I'm not going to deny it," Bacon, R-Neb., said when asked by NBC News' "Meet the Press" moderator Kristen Welker whether it's possible Johnson could lose his speakership over Ukraine aid. Bacon favors some support for Ukraine and highlighted his partnership with Reps. Jared Golden, D-Maine, Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Ed Case, D-Hawaii, on a Ukraine aid bill. "We put a bill together that focuses on military aid — a $66 billion bill that provides military aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan," Bacon told Welker, calling for a "bicameral, bipartisan solution." And, and I want to make sure that we have support in the Senate," Bacon said.
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“She’ll definitely have a role, but in terms of what that is, I don’t know,” a source close to the Trump campaign said. They assume Melania Trump will have some role – yet it has not been set. Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump were there. That absence has only been heightened by her husband, who has been promising she’ll be on the campaign trail soon. “She loves our country very much,” Donald Trump told NBC’s Kristen Welker in an interview in September.
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Ronna McDaniel wants to be paid for her two-year contract after she was axed as a NBC News contributor, per Politico. McDaniel made an appearance on "Meet the Press" this past Sunday and was let go on Tuesday. It means that McDaniel's interview with moderator Kristen Welker could cost NBC News about $30,000 per minute. Todd on Sunday told Welker during the "Meet the Press" taping that top network leaders needed to apologize to her. (Welker affirmed that the interview was scheduled before McDaniel had been brought on by the network.)
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For the past week the best drama on NBC — apologies to Dick Wolf — has been in the news department. On Friday, NBC News announced that it was hiring Ronna McDaniel, the former chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, as a political analyst. By Sunday morning, Kristen Welker was grilling Ms. McDaniel on “Meet the Press,” after which the former host Chuck Todd told his successor on-air that their bosses “owe you an apology.” By Monday morning, the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” condemned the hire. This kind of full-on, on-air revolt was something else — because Ms. McDaniel’s hiring was something else. The fiasco at NBC was in part a sign of how media outlets are struggling to cover politics in unusual times.
Persons: Dick Wolf —, Ronna McDaniel, Kristen Welker, McDaniel, Chuck Todd, , , Joe ”, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Organizations: NBC, NBC News, Republican National Committee, , Press Locations: MSNBC’s
Creative Artists Agency, the talent agency that brokered McDaniel’s deal with NBC, also parted ways with her, the person said. McDaniel, who recently stepped down from the RNC under pressure from former President Donald Trump, was involved in attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. NBC’s announcement Friday that it had hired McDaniel was quickly met with alarm by the network’s journalists. Welker disclosed that the interview had been scheduled to take place prior to NBC announcing McDaniel would become a paid contributor for the network, stating that she had no involvement in her hiring. MSNBC president Rashida Jones also did not object to the decision, people familiar with the matter said.
Persons: Ronna McDaniel, Cesar Conde, , ” Conde, McDaniel, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Biden, Kristen Welker, Welker, Chuck Todd, , ” Todd, Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, Joe, ” Brzezinski, Joe ’, ” Nicolle Wallace, peddle, ” Wallace, Rachel Maddow, , ” Maddow, hasn’t, Rebecca Blumenstein, Carrie Budoff Brown, Rashida Jones, Joy Reid, Maddow Organizations: New, New York CNN, NBC, Republican National Committee, News, ” NBCUniversal, CNN, Creative Artists Agency, MSNBC, Peacock Network, RNC, , NBC News, Todd, Republicans, NBCUniversal News Locations: New York, Michigan, Detroit
Some of the highest-profile journalists at NBC are pushing back against the network's hiring of Ronna McDaniel. Chief political analyst Chuck Todd on Sunday said many at NBC are "uncomfortable" with the McDaniel hire. On Monday, "Meet the Press" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski said McDaniel wouldn't appear on their program. AdvertisementAfter NBC News announced that it had hired former Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel as a paid contributor late last week, the pushback from media critics was immediate. In a highly-unusual move, NBC News journalists including former "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd and "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski openly criticized the hiring of McDaniel.
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CNN —Former “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd delivered a stunning rebuke of NBC News on Sunday, blasting the network for hiring former Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel as a paid political analyst. As RNC chair, McDaniel was a prominent election denier, working to help disgraced former President Donald Trump subvert the 2020 vote. Asked why she didn’t offer such condemnation as RNC chairwoman, McDaniel responded, “When you’re the RNC chair, you kind of take one for the whole team. But Todd noted that because McDaniel was a paid network contributor, it was not clear whether she was being genuine. But Todd disagreed with NBC News’ decision, adding that McDaniel has “credibility issues.”Others on the Sunday broadcast panel agreed with Todd’s assessment.
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The sum, which was shared first with NBC News, is a record for Biden's re-election effort, the campaign said. The money flowed in via approximately 116,000 donations from 113,000 contributors, a senior Biden campaign adviser said. Biden's campaign proper had $56 million in the bank at the end of January, the most recent period covered by public campaign finance filings, while the DNC had $24 million. Biden's campaign said its $10 million post-State of the Union total came amid other highs in the past week. "We thank our grassroots supporters who are motivated more than ever to reelect President Biden and Vice President Harris.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joe Biden's, Donald Trump, Biden, Trump, that's, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Harris, Chavez Rodriguez Organizations: Chamber, U.S, Capitol, Washington , D.C, NBC News, Biden's, Democratic National Committee, Biden, Trump, Republican National Committee Locations: Washington ,, President's
Read previewFormer President Donald Trump easily defeated his former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Super Tuesday in every state except Vermont, all but guaranteeing him the Republican Party's presidential nomination. The Republican former president was surprisingly unable to beat Haley in Vermont on Super Tuesday. Today, in state after state, there remains a large block of Republican primary voters who are expressing deep concerns about Donald Trump," Haley national spokesperson Olivia Perez-Cubas said in a statement. As it stands, Haley can still win the nomination, though it'd require handily defeating Trump in state after state, surpassing polling. Despite her win in Vermont, Haley did not give a speech Tuesday evening, while Trump gave one from Mar-a-Lago without mentioning her name once.
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Nikki Haley evaded committing to endorse Donald Trump if he wins presidential nominee. The former US Ambassador to the United Nations said she "had serious concerns about Donald Trump." AdvertisementNikki Haley, vying for the Republican presidential candidate nomination, hinted that she might not endorse the GOP presidential nominee if it's former President Donald Trump. Haley said she was not obligated to endorse Trump and insisted that she has "serious concerns about Donald Trump. Haley also criticized the RNC, calling it "Trump's RNC."
Persons: Nikki Haley, Donald Trump, , Kristen Welker, NBC's Welker, Haley, Trump, Joe Biden, Haley sidestepped, Kamala Harris, Sean Rayford, He's Organizations: NBC, United Nations, Service, Republican, UN, Republican National Committee's, NBC News, RNC, South, Michigan Locations: Conway , South Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina
CNN —GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley suggested she’s no longer bound by a Republican National Committee pledge to support the eventual nominee, saying that she’ll “make the decision I want to make” when asked whether she would endorse Donald Trump if he secures the nomination. “The RNC is now not the same RNC.”As part of the criteria to appear on the GOP primary debate stage, the RNC required presidential candidates to sign a pledge committing to support the eventual GOP nominee. “So you’re no longer bound by that pledge?” NBC host Kristen Welker asked Haley. “No, I think I’ll make the decision I want to make, but that’s not something I’m thinking about,” she responded. Pressed for clarity about whether she’s leaning against endorsing Trump, Haley stated, “I truly am not thinking about any of that.”Haley’s remarks come as the former governor campaigns through Super Tuesday states.
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Read previewHouse Speaker Mike Johnson on Sunday rejected the idea that former President Donald Trump was "calling the shots" on border security. I am calling the shots for the House," Johnson said. "And I have been saying this far longer than President Trump has," he continued. "He could close the border literally overnight," the speaker continued, referring to Biden. The president last month said that if the Senate passed a bipartisan border security bill, he'd "shut down the border" whenever it was overwhelmed with attempted crossings.
Persons: , Mike Johnson, Donald Trump, Johnson, Kristen Welker, Trump's, He's, Trump, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: Service, Sunday, Capitol, Business, NBC, GOP, White, Louisiana Republican, Senate, Trump, Republicans Locations: Mexico, Louisiana, Ukraine
U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House on November 13, 2023 in Washington, DC. "We intend to take additional strikes and additional action to continue to send a clear message that the United States will respond when our forces are attacked or our people are killed." "What I will say is that the president is determined to respond forcefully to attacks on our people. A day after those strikes, the U.S. and Britain led attacks against 36 Houthi targets in Yemen, in a second effort to further destabilize Iran-backed groups. When asked how worried he is that Iranian-backed forces could again retaliate against U.S. forces, Sullivan responded: "That's always a risk...if we see more attacks, you'll see more responses."
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Read previewRepublican presidential candidate Nikki Haley in a recent interview wouldn't commit to keeping her campaign running post-Super Tuesday. "Meet the Press" host Kristen Welker on Sunday pressed Haley about whether she'd remain in the race after the 15 state primaries on Super Tuesday in early March. Related storiesHaley's comments came less than a week after she finished behind former President Donald Trump in New Hampshire's primary race by around 11 percentage points. After Nevada will be South Carolina, the state where Haley was born, raised, went to college, and served as governor. After South Carolina, Haley will have only four states left to amass delegates against Trump before Super Tuesday on March 5.
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The idea is for three Democratic presidents — Biden, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — to appear together at a fundraiser this spring, the four people familiar with the discussions said. The Biden campaign did not respond to requests for comment. The Biden campaign in recent days shifted into a general election posture — earlier than the president's aides anticipated. The Biden campaign also is poised to launch a multi-million-dollar ad campaign aimed at drawing a contrast with Trump, according to two people familiar with the plans. But the Biden campaign also hopes the presidential trio will help mobilize the party base.
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Ron DeSantis canceled his scheduled Sunday appearances on NBC and CNN. Instead, he went to South Carolina, where GOP primaries will take place in late February. Ron DeSantis canceled planned appearances on cable news channels Sunday morning as his campaign makes what appears to be a final play for relevancy. Ron DeSantis has pulled out of his #MTP appearance tomorrow morning due to what a person familiar says is a last-minute schedule change. He is currently campaigning in South Carolina," Welker posted on X on Saturday evening.
Persons: Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Donald Trump, , NBC's Kristen Welker, Welker, DeSantis Organizations: NBC, CNN, Service, New, Republican, GOP Locations: South Carolina, Florida, New Hampshire, Florence , South Carolina, Iowa
Is NBC Rooting for Trump?
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Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis campaigns in Ames, Iowa last month. Photo: Fritz Nordengren/Zuma PressA recurring phenomenon of this election cycle is that the same media outlets promoting regular allegations that Donald Trump is the greatest threat to the country also regularly encourage news consumers to view the next most popular candidate among Republican voters as doomed to fail. The loss of media credibility in the Trump era is an old story but isn’t there any journalistic interest in at least allowing a non-Trump alternative to receive a fair hearing? Witness Sunday’s questioning on Meet the Press by NBC’s Kristen Welker, who in interviewing Gov. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) seemed determined to confirm the theory that media companies want another Trump candidacy to boost ratings while enhancing the chances of a Democratic victory.
Persons: Ron DeSantis, Fritz Nordengren, Donald Trump, Trump, NBC’s Kristen Welker Organizations: Republican, Trump, Gov, Democratic Locations: Florida, Ames , Iowa, Fla
Ron DeSantis deflected questions about what he will do if he fails to get a strong result in the Iowa caucuses, pledging to win the Jan. 15 GOP presidential contest in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press." DeSantis has thrown resources into the state to compete with both Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and Nikki Haley, who tied DeSantis for second in Iowa in the most recent NBC News/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll. Asked by "Meet the Press" moderator Kristen Welker if he would drop out of the 2024 presidential race if he didn't finish first or second in Iowa, DeSantis said, "Well, we're going to win the caucus." "We’re going to win Iowa," DeSantis continued. The full interview with DeSantis will air Sunday on "Meet the Press."
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Rosalynn Carter, wife of former president Jimmy Carter, died on November 19 at age 96. Melania Trump, who has largely been absent from the 2024 campaign trail, also made an appearance. AdvertisementMelania Trump made a rare public appearance on Tuesday, joining other former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton at a tribute service for Rosalynn Carter in Atlanta, Georgia. Former first lady Melania Trump arrives for a tribute service for former first lady Rosalynn Carter at Glenn Memorial Church at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 28, 2023. In September, Donald told "Meet the Press" moderator Kristen Welker that his wife would join him on the campaign trail "when it's appropriate, but pretty soon."
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The two-hour debate will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesThe Republican presidential primary debate stage Wednesday evening will shrink from seven to five participants, but the central character—former President Donald Trump—will still be absent and is likely to keep benefiting as his challengers beat each other up. The third debate starts at 8 p.m. Eastern time and will be moderated by Lester Holt and Kristen Welker of NBC News and Hugh Hewitt of the Salem Radio Network. It will air on broadcast and cable television and be streamed on and Rumble.
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Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailTim Scott calls for 15-week national limit on abortions if he's elected US presidentFive Republican presidential hopefuls faced off tonight in Miami in a debate hosted by NBC News and sanctioned by the Republican National Committee. The debate was moderated by "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt and "Meet the Press" moderator Kristen Welker.
Persons: Tim Scott, Lester Holt, Kristen Welker Organizations: NBC News, Republican National Committee, NBC Locations: Miami
Three experienced moderators will lead Wednesday’s meeting in Miami of the remaining Republican presidential candidates, although former President Donald J. Trump will again be absent. Lester Holt and Kristen Welker, two lead anchors at NBC News, which is overseeing the debate’s production and editorial process, will serve alongside Hugh Hewitt, a conservative radio host who works for a co-sponsor of the debate, Salem Media Group. Mr. Holt, the anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” was the sole moderator of Mr. Trump’s first general-election debate with Hillary Clinton, in September 2016. Mr. Holt took a minimalist approach that evening, sometimes allowing the candidates to argue between themselves, although his lack of interruption granted viewers an unfiltered view of the candidates’ rhetorical styles. Ms. Welker, the host of “Meet the Press,” was the sole moderator of Mr. Trump’s final debate against Joseph R. Biden Jr., in October 2020.
Persons: Donald J, Trump, Lester Holt, Kristen Welker, Hugh Hewitt, Holt, , Trump’s, Hillary Clinton, Welker, Joseph R, Biden, Carole Simpson Organizations: NBC News, Salem Media Group, Mr, NBC Nightly, , Press Locations: Miami
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via Email'You're just scum' — Haley blasts Ramaswamy over his attack on her daughter's TikTokFive Republican presidential hopefuls faced off tonight in Miami in a debate hosted by NBC News and sanctioned by the Republican National Committee. The debate was moderated by "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt and "Meet the Press" moderator Kristen Welker.
Persons: Haley, Ramaswamy, Lester Holt, Kristen Welker Organizations: Republican, NBC News, Republican National Committee, NBC Locations: Miami
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via Email'Finish the job once and for all with these butchers Hamas,' says Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisFive Republican presidential hopefuls faced off tonight in Miami in a debate hosted by NBC News and sanctioned by the Republican National Committee. The debate was moderated by "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt and "Meet the Press" moderator Kristen Welker.
Persons: Ron DeSantis, Lester Holt, Kristen Welker Organizations: Florida Gov, Republican, NBC News, Republican National Committee, NBC Locations: Florida, Miami
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