WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday admonished CNBC host Jim Cramer for “pandering” to Nancy Pelosi after he apologized for calling the powerful House Speaker “Crazy Nancy” to her face mid-interview.
“Jim, you didn’t make a mistake. It’s true, and that’s why you said it. No pandering!” Trump wrote in a tweet sharing a video of Cramer’s apology.
The outlandish host of “Mad Money” and former hedge fund manager was forced to issue a mea culpa on Tuesday evening after he insulted the 80-year-old California Democrat during an interview on stalled coronavirus stimulus negotiations.
“Earlier today, when I talked to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on ‘Squawk on the Street,’ I made a very stupid comment,” Cramer said on his show.
“It was a tongue-in-cheek attempt to make a point about the harsh tone of the negotiations in Washington, but it fell completely flat and I apologize for that,” he continued.
“As I said immediately after the comment, I want to make it clear that I have an incredible amount of respect for the Speaker and of course the office she holds,” he added.
The taunt — coined by President Trump — appeared to slip out of Cramer’s mouth as he pushed Pelosi on the failed talks.
“What deal can we have, Crazy Nancy — I’m sorry, that was the president,” the CNBC anchor said, scrambling to backtrack. “I have such reverence for the office, I would never use that term.”
Pelosi, who looked less than pleased, told Cramer: “But you just did. But you just did.”
“Oh come on, you know what I mean,” Cramer replied, downplaying the comment as a joke.
The 65-year-old TV personality’s name began trending on Twitter as pundits called for him to be fired in the wake of the embarrassing episode.
Pelosi’s office has not publicly commented on the exchange.
Trump may release ‘impressive’ finances after taxes report
President Trump on Monday said he may release “very IMPRESSIVE” financial records after a report said he pays very little in federal taxes.
Trump allegedly paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 and none at all in 11 of 18 years through 2017, according to The New York Times Sunday.
“The Fake News Media, just like Election time 2016, is bringing up my Taxes & all sorts of other nonsense with illegally obtained information & only bad intent,” Trump tweeted.
“I paid many millions of dollars in taxes but was entitled, like everyone else, to depreciation & tax credits. Also, if you look at the extraordinary assets owned by me, which the Fake News hasn’t, I am extremely under leveraged – I have very little debt compared to the value of assets.”
Trump added: “Much of this information is already on file, but I have long said that I may release Financial Statements, from the time I announced I was going to run for President, showing all properties, assets and debts. It is a very IMPRESSIVE Statement, and also shows that I am the only President on record to give up my yearly $400,000 plus Presidential Salary!”
As president, Trump already releases annual financial statements that indicate revenue at his various properties. But those reports provide an incomplete financial portrait.
Trump is believed to be the richest president in US history, and he’s the third president to refuse a salary, following Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy.
Trump’s quarterly gifts to the Treasury Department double as a messaging opportunity to highlight his initiatives. In March, for example, he donated his $100,000 quarterly pay to anti-COVID-19 efforts. In August, he donated his pay to repair monuments damaged in anti-police brutality protests.
For years, Trump fought release of his tax returns citing an ongoing audit. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) claimed that was because “he has too much to hide.” The Times said it acquired the records from a source with legal access to them.
At a Sunday night press briefing Trump said, “I’ve paid a lot” in taxes and “it will all be revealed… after the audit.”
COVID-19 cases up in 21 states as model predicts ‘huge surge’
The number of COVID-19 cases in the US rose by at least 10 percent in 21 states last week — while a new model predicts a “huge surge” is expected to impact more Americans as early as next month.
New infections accelerated mainly in the West, according to a CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, although some eastern outliers like North Carolina and New Jersey also saw upticks.
The states where infections are rising include Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Another 18 states saw their rates hold steady, while just 11 — including Florida, Connecticut and New Hampshire — saw new cases of COVID-19 decrease by more than 10 percent from a week earlier, according to the report.
Meanwhile, the country could see a “huge surge” in cases starting in October — and increasing through November and December — as people spend more time inside where there’s a higher likelihood of transmitting the bug, Dr. Chris Murray, director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health and Metrics and Evaluation told CNN.
The US is currently tallying roughly 765 coronavirus deaths per day — but that figure could nearly quadruple to 3,000 daily fatalities by December, according to IHME’s model.
The bleak analysis also comes just days after a study found that less than 10 percent of Americans have COVID-19 antibodies, suggesting the nation is further off from herd immunity than researchers initially thought, the New York Times reports.
The study, which was published Friday in The Lancet, analyzed blood samples from 28,500 patients on dialysis in 46 states and found that 9.3 percent had antibodies to the virus.
The findings roughly match those in a CDC analysis to be released this week that found about 10 percent of blood samples from sites nationwide had antibodies to the virus, the Times reports.
However, The Lancet research showed antibody levels across the country varied greatly. In the New York metropolitan area, which includes New Jersey, the levels exceeded 25 percent of samples tested, while antibody levels dipped below 5 percent in the West, the Times reports.
Meanwhile, New York reported 1,005 new virus cases on Saturday — the largest single-day uptick since early June.
And in California, state health officials are warning that hospitalizations could skyrocket by up to 89 percent if the state’s current rate of its COVID-19 infections continues, The Mercury News reports.
“As we see these trend lines, which have been coming down and flattening, look like they’re coming up … we want to sound that bell for all of you,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghlay told reporters Friday.
“We want to see us respond as a state to those slight increases.”
California’s rate of new infections and fatalities, however, remained lower last week than those of two weeks ago — at just over 3,500 cases per day and just below 84 deaths per day, the newspaper reports.
One man killed, seven shot across NYC on Sunday
Seven people were shot in separate incidents across the city on Sunday — including a man who was killed by his own father in Staten Island — according to preliminary numbers released by the NYPD.
Most recently, a 35-year-old man was blasted in the buttocks during a dispute on East 108th Street near Madison Avenue in East Harlem around 6:30 p.m., cops said.
He was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem in stable condition.
Around 3 p.m., a 19-year-old man was struck in the torso on Herzl Street near Lott Avenue in Brownsville, cops said.
He was taken to Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in stable condition.
Just over two hours earlier, 68-year-old Joseph Smith fatally shot his 34-year-old son, also named Joseph Smith, in their Beverly Road home in the Concord neighborhood of Staten Island, according to cops.
The father, who has since been arrested, claimed he was holding a shotgun as he argued with his son. He said he assumed the safety was on the weapon — but it was not.
The younger Smith, who was shot in the stomach, was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was pronounced dead.
His father was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, cops said.
On Sunday’s date in 2019, which was a Friday, four people were shot in eight separate incidents.
Three people were shot in two incidents on Saturday, compared to the same number in three incidents last year, police said.
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