Sunday shows preview: Trump, top Republicans recover from COVID-19; stimulus bill remains in limbo
President Trump and Republicans’ recovery from COVID-19 and stalemates around a stimulus bill are expected to headline this week’s Sunday talk shows.
The president, who is scheduled to appear on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Features,” returned home from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday after spending four days there for treatment.
While in the hospital, the president received steroids, treatment with antiviral remdesivir and a double antibody cocktail from Regeneron. Leonard Schleifer, president and CEO of Regeneron, is scheduled to appear on CBS’ Face the Nation.
Upon his return home, Trump threw several curveballs in coronavirus stimulus talks, the first of which came Tuesday when he abruptly halted negotiations between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) until after Election Day, accusing the Democratic leader of not negotiating in “good faith.”
He later signaled that he was willing to sign a series of smaller bills aimed at airline assistance, stimulus checks and money for a small business loan program, but Pelosi had rejected this approach. Finally, on Friday, Trump offered up a $1.8 trillion coronavirus relief package.
Trump has also been eager to get back on the campaign trail in the final weeks of the 2020 election, and hosted a rally at the White House on Saturday.
Also in coronavirus recovery, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was released from the hospital Saturday after staying there for a week due to his own positive diagnosis. Christie was at the White House Rose Garden event that Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top disease expert, later deemed a “superspreader event,” and assisted the president with preparations for the first presidential debate.
Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to begin a week of hearings to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Committee chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who will appear on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Features, scheduled four days of hearings beginning Oct. 12, paving the way for her confirmation by Oct. 22.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who will appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” has suggested that Democrats can ‘slow’ Barrett’s confirmation “perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at most.”
Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), also members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, are slated to appear on “Fox News Sunday.” Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will appear on “Meet the Press”
Below is the full list of guests who will appear this weekend’s Sunday talk shows:
ABC’s “This Week” — Eric Trump, President Trump’s son; Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.)
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Cruz; Durbin; Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
CBS’ “Face the Nation”— Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel; Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.); Leonard Schleifer, president and CEO of Regeneron; Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
CNN’s “State of the Union” — White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow; Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii); Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.); Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager for former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
“Fox News Sunday” — Sasse; Coons; Lara Trump, President Trump’s daughter-in-law.
Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — President Donald Trump; Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence; Graham
“America This Week” with Eric Bolling: Jason Miller, Trump 2020; Rudy Giuliani, former NYC mayor; Michael Knowles, The Daily Wire; Rob Smith, PUSA; Bob Unanue, CEO Goya Foods