Trump Calls Chuck Todd A 'Son Of AB**ch'

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No, I don't. I understand Todd's point about Trump debasing the presidency, although I think commentary we sometimes hear that he's some kind of fascist who intends to abolish the First Amendment is silly.

"Of course he believes in freedom of the press", Mnuchin insisted. "But again, don't take these campaign rallies and focus them on that's what it is". 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. "So these are campaign rally issues".

"I bring my kids up to respect the office of the presidency and the president", Todd said during a brief appearance on NBC's Washington affiliate. "I don't allow them to say anything negative, ever, about the president", Todd said.

"It creates a challenge to all parents when he uses vulgarities like that", he added. "And they showed it this morning, 1999, and I'm talking about North Korea, 'You gotta take them out now'". "I think we all have an opportunity and a responsibility to be examples to our kids..."

"So he's not a moral, don't worry about his values?"

"I read one woman in the Wall Street Journal today", Trump said, apparently referring to piece by Journal columnist Peggy Noonan that was published Thursday. "And I'm saying, you know, I'm really smart". He said that while it's fair game for Trump to publicly criticize Todd, it's not acceptable for the president to call him a "son of a b**ch".

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"What are you supposed to say to kids?"

"But just to be cursing him I think is not a good look for the president", he said.

Todd continued to lecture about role models, but Mnuchin said his focus is on policy, though he did note that "there were a lot of amusing moments on that rally".

In true Trump fashion, the U.S. president didn't hold back on his feelings about Todd during a Saturday rally in Pennsylvania, where he was campaigning for state lawmaker Rick Saccone.

Noonan, who appeared as a guest on Todd's program Sunday, said she would never conflate Trump with a Neanderthal-ostensibly to avoid denigrating the archaic human species.

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