CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday slammed “the toxic environment the president seems to create all around him,” noting Donald Trump appears to have a pattern of feeding into chaos within his own administration.
Discussing the latest New York Times report that indicates a deteriorating relationship between the president and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Cooper played a supercut of all the criticism Trump’s publicly levied against one of the most powerful members of Congress. Cooper then asked former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta if there’s a strategy behind Trump’s public battle with McConnell.
“There is no strategy here,” Panetta pointed out, adding the problem is Trump has “very little experience in governing, very little experience in politics” and is simply trying to “trying to bully [Congress] into doing what he wants.”
“You cannot bully members of Congress to somehow come your way,” Panetta explained. “You’ve got to deal with them, you’ve got to respect them, you’ve got to talk to them in equal terms. And if he doesn’t learn that lesson, mark my word, he will not achieve any major legislation, certainly in this first year of his presidency.”
Cooper replied he keeps “thinking about just the toxic environment the president seems to create all around him, whether it’s a relationship with Mitch McConnell right now, or people in White House, these competing camps that we’ve seen in the White House.”
“For months now, the White house has been denying thing’s any chaos,” Cooper pointed out. “Those clearly were just lies.”
“It just seems like the president creates a toxic environment for all those around him who are trying to do the best they can,” Cooper added.
“The president thinks he’s the smartest person in the room, and that’s the biggest mistake a president can make,” Panetta later said.
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