GOP consultant and CNN commentator Ana Navarro ripped into Donald Trump on CNN Wednesday afternoon for choosing to align himself with Julian Assange over CIA officials who put their lives on the line for the U.S. everyday.
Along the way she also questioned whether the Republican Party was losing its soul.
After CNN counterterrorism analyst and former CIA official Philip Mudd thoroughly eviscerated Trump for trying to “humiliate” U.S. intelligence officials with his tweets, Navarro was asked by Situation Room host Wolf Blitzer for her take on the cold war between Trump and intel officials.
“They’ve long considered Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, to be an enemy of the United States for the information he’s disclosed undermining U.S. national security,” Blitzer asked. “Are you surprised to see some of these Republicans actually going out there and defending Wikileaks and Julian Assange?”
“I’m surprised, I’m saddened, I’m appalled and I’m embarrassed for them and for our party,” a seething Navarro replied. “I’m old enough to remember when Republicans knew that Putin is a thug, and when Republicans knew that Assange is a treasonous person who put national security at risk. I recommend that the president-elect go to the (CIA) headquarter in Langley and take a look at the wall that marks and commemorates every death. Many of them died defending our country anonymously.”
“There are stars there marking their deaths because their named can’t be revealed and this is just — you know, this is unacceptable,” she continued as she warmed up. “If you want to question the intelligence, he has every right, but do it behind closed doors. Do not do it in public. Do not have this spectacle. And to my Republican brethren and the elected officials, I say speak up because this is going to be on you – you cannot stay quiet. You can’t be a rubber stamp, you can’t look the other way. I’m thankful for Lindsey Graham, for John McCain and others on this issue. We have to go back to being the soul of the republican party and that we respect those people who put their lives on the line for the security of our country.”
Watch the video below via CNN:
‘These are massive glitches’: CNN anchor explains how Trump’s small business loan program is failing
President Donald Trump is insisting that his administration's implementation of an emergency lending program for small businesses has been "flawless," but CNN anchor Julia Chatterley explained on Tuesday morning that the president's rosy assertion isn't close to being true.
During a panel discussion about the program, Chatterley said that the sheer number of calls from distressed small businesses has been completely overwhelming the system, which so far has been unable to handle the large volume.
"These are massive glitches," she said. "These are technology issues, the infrastructure can't deal with it... I heard one of the largest banks in the country issued billions of dollars of loans, [but] they only managed to upload applications to the tune of thirteen -- 1-3 -- on Sunday."
Morning Joe’s Mika: Thousands are dying of COVID-19 because Trump is ‘surrounded by inexperienced suck-ups’
MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski got right to the point on Tuesday morning by saying people are getting sick and dying in the U.S. because Donald Trump is surrounded by a collection of "suck-ups" who won't tell him the brutal truth about what is happening in the country.
As part of a "Morning Joe" panel discussion on the failings of the Trump administration to head off of the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the country -- despite ample warnings it was on the way -- Brzezinski, as well as co-host Willie Geist, levied some hard accusations against the president and his team.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika reveal why Trump likely ignored startlingly accurate COVID-19 memos
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski rebuked President Donald Trump for apparently ignoring startlingly accurate warnings from trade adviser Peter Navarro about the coronavirus pandemic.
Navarro's memos were circulated at the highest levels of government in January and February, but the president downplayed the virus until early March, when statewide lockdowns started wrecking the U.S. economy.
"In one worst-case scenario cited in the memo, Navarro warned that more than half a million Americans could die, and, yet, weeks after that, you had Donald Trump at rallies saying that in April when it warms up, this will miraculously go away," Scarborough said. "Put this in context with, I suppose you could say with 9/11, the memos warning of al-Qaeda attacks using airplanes, maybe missed signals FDR didn't pick up on before Pearl Harbor. I really don't know, though, what parallel there can be, because so many more people are going to die because of these missed signals."