Veteran newsman Dan Rather doesn’t think President Donald Trump’s previous assertion that he’s going to bomb his way to peace in the Middle East is a valid foreign policy strategy.
Trump notoriously said during the 2016 campaign that he would “bomb the sh*t out of them,” meaning ISIS or terrorists.
In a Thursday discussion with Don Lemon and David Axelrod Rather agreed that the president must have the purview to use whatever weapons he needs. However, “dropping bombs are not a strategy,” Rather continued. “It can be used as part of a strategy, but what’s the goal now in Afghanistan? Keep in mind, by the way, the commander in Afghanistan has been asking for more ground troops, he’s not yet been granted those ground troops.”
He also noted that they’re not very effective at winning the war.
Axelrod found it shocking that Trump spent so much time saying he is smarter than the generals, but now says that he trusts them to make the calls.
Rather also wants to know the facts behind President Donald Trump and Russia.
“With Republicans controlling Congress, it’s unrealistic to think the investigations in Congress will go beyond a certain point,” he said. “This story is not going away for Donald Trump and the significance of what we learned tonight, what little we learned, is that it continues. It’s going to continue to haunt the Trump presidency until and unless the story gets out and the story is ‘Well, Trump has no culpability anywhere.'”
Rather went on to say that it runs up against the wall of “if there’s nothing there, why is the Trump administration seeking so hard to change the subject, to change the narrative. They keep trying to bury the story, which fuels the idea there must be something there because otherwise, they wouldn’t be working so hard to keep it buried.”
Axelrod wondered who in the White House knew where all the tentacles lead on the Russia investigation.
“The reason why this is so insidious and so dangerous, other than implications of collusion between members of his team and the Russians to subvert the election, which is obviously deeply disturbing, but even if none of that were true, now when the president speaks on the issue of Russia, you saw it this week, he took a huge turn in terms of how he discussed Russia. And rather than looking at the merits of what he was saying, people, naturally, were asking ‘Well, is this a way to try and establish independence from Russia.'”
Axelrod went on to say that Trump’s own staff and his son even played up that idea, claiming that it proves he’s not close to Russia.
When it comes to Carter Page, Trumps former international policy adviser, Rather noted that when he hears someone say “I don’t remember” it raises a red flag.
Axelrod encouraged Page to stay off of television if he can’t look innocent.
Lemon even noted that Page won’t even clarify who hired him onto the Trump campaign.
You can watch both videos below:
‘Smart rats jump a sinking orange ship’: Columnist predicts more Republicans will flee Trump
New York Times contributing columnist Wajahat Ali predicted that more Republicans would likely flee President Donald Trump in the coming weeks.
Already, Trump's own officials, appointees, and staff are lining up to testify to the House committees, despite Trump saying they will not cooperate with any investigations.
"I believe smart rats jump a sinking orange ship, and if you don't believe me, you haven't paid attention to the last week," Ali told CNN's Don Lemon. In the past week, several of Trump's appointees have lined up to give a deposition or testify. Even outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry revealed in a Wall Street Journal interview, that Rudy Giuliani was to be the point person on all things related to Ukraine.
CNN panel mocks the White House for promoting a photo of Trump looking ‘subservient’ to Pelosi
The White House posted a series of photos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Wednesday after their meeting, showing Pelosi being the only person in the room literally standing up to President Donald Trump. It was an image that baffled the mind of at least one CNN panelist as to why the Trump people would be promoting Pelosi.
According to reports from those who were in the room, the president flew off the handle after Pelosi quipped that it seems all roads lead back to Russia for this president. It was at that point that Trump called Pelosi a "third-grade politician," though presumably, he meant "third-rate," and the meeting broke apart.
Max Boot calls BS on Republicans for trying to claim Syria is Nancy Pelosi’s fault because of impeachment
President Donald Trump is conducting foreign policy like a 1980s television character, according to conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot.
In a panel discussion about the letter Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Boot mocked Republicans for suddenly trying to claim that Trump's withdrawal from Syria was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's fault because of impeachment. It is unclear if Republicans are confessing the president is too distracted by impeachment to be making foreign policy decisions or if they are blaming Pelosi for military decisions.
"I mean there's a lot of really lame Republican talking points out there, Don," Boot said to CNN host Don Lemon. "But to suggest, as Rep. Liz Cheney and others have done that somehow Trump's inexplicable decision to give the Turks the green light to invade Syria — that was somehow the fault of Nancy Pelosi because of the impeachment process? What?"