Obamagate! Wait, what’s Obamagate?

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama reacts during an Obama Foundation event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 13, 2019. Photo credit: Lim Huey Teng/Reuters

President Trump is very upset about Obamagate. It seems to have to do with his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn — who the president fired after he lied to Vice President Pence and the FBI, and who pleaded guilty to charges that the Department of Justice is now seeking to drop. Is this a really important political issue? Or is this just President Trump’s effort to talk about anything besides the pandemic?

Plus: Will Joe Biden leave his basement? Or, does laying low draw the contrast with President Trump that works for his campaign? Does either candidate need to be worried about their campaign right now? 

Then: Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations joins the panel to grade the American and international response to the coronavirus pandemic. What happens when international institutions atrophy? This isn’t all President Trump’s fault: so far, the pandemic has highlighted changes to the international order that have put the US in a weaker position to lead through the crisis.

Credits

Guest:
Richard Haass - Council on Foreign Relations - @RichardHaass

Hosts:
Josh Barro, Christine Emba, Rich Lowry

Producer:
Sara Fay