Sunday Talk Shows (1/28/18): Meet the Press, Face the Nation, State of the Union, Immigration, Trump-Russia

The Sunday morning political talk shows will focus on Trump's first State of the Union Address, immigration and Russia.
By Allen McDuffee
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Guests on the Sunday talk shows indicate immigration will be front and center this week. Plus, more on the Trump-Russia investigation after The New York Times dropped a bombshell report this week showing that Trump had intended to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. And a preview of President Trump’s first State of the Union Address is on tap. On Meet The Press will be Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and former secretary of defense Robert Gates. And White House Legislative Director Marc Short will appear on CBS’ Face The Nation and Fox News Sunday.

Full line-up below. What catches your eye on this week’s listings of the Sunday talk shows?

  • NBC’s Meet The Press: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA); Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV); former secretary of defense Robert Gates
  • CBS’ Face The Nation: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME); Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL); Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX); Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA); White House Legislative Director Marc Short; Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post; Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg; Rachel Bade, Politico; Dan Balz, The Washington Post
  • ABC’s This Week: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Dan Abrams, ABC News; former Whitewater independent counsel, Ken Starr; Matthew Dowd, ABC News; Cokie Roberts, ABC News; Perry Bacon, FiveThirtyEight; Susan Glasser, Politico
  • Fox News Sunday: White House Legislative Director Marc Short; Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC); former Bush adviser Karl Rove; Catherine Lucey, AP; former congressman Jason Chaffetz; Juan Williams, Fox News
  • CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME); Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV); Nina Turner, Our Revolution; conservative commentator Linda Chavez; former State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki; lobbyist David Urban

As President Donald J. Trump prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address to the nation on January 30, 2018, listen to my interview with Jennifer Grossman — CEO of the Atlas Society and former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush. We discuss the importance of the State of the Union address, the power struggles that me the speech what it is, and what the address means from a president who keeps the public updated via Twitter.

The Rundown

1. Mitch McConnell’s Trump Calculation 

Jane Mayer at The New Yorker takes a deep dive on the risk of McConnell’s refusal to restrain the chief executive of the United States. 

2. 500,000+ Zoom Accounts Are For Sale on the Dark Web

Credentials of individuals and high-profile companies like Chase have been swept up, marking a new headache for the videoconferencing giant.

3. Bernie Sanders Endorses Joe Biden

Sanders told Biden, “We need you in the White House,” during a teleconference. But how many of his supporters heard him?

4. Paul Manafort Is Seeking Prison Release Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Trump’s former campaign manager claims he is “high risk.” 

5. Joe Biden Could Get a Critical Boost From a Black VP Pick

New polling suggests Biden could garner more enthusiasm among black voters in battleground states by picking a black woman.

6. Sanofi and GSK Partner on COVID-19 Vaccine

The Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline vaccine will enter clinical trials later in 2020, but still won’t be available until late 2021.