Commenting on President Donald Trump’s tweets aimed at North Korean strongman Kim Jong-un, a CNN panel showed their exasperation with the president for taking his eye off the ball in order to rant about an investigation into Russia’s use of Facebook to manipulate the 2016 election.
Friday morning Trump mentioned Facebook in the midst of a Twitter barrage, calling an FBI investigation into the purchase of 2016 election ads part of the “Russia hoax.”
“The Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook,” Trump tweeted before adding, “What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?”
CNN contributor Chris Cillizza got right to the heart of the matter.
“There is no question” Cillizza excitedly explained. “No one who knows anything about the story, who has followed the story in any way, shape, or form, can reasonably conclude that this whole thing is a hoax. Frankly, it matters because we’re talking about a foreign power actively seeking to influence the election. Whether they were successful or not is important but not the central point. That they did it, that this Facebook investigation shows how widespread it was, how advanced and innovative in terms of using social media it was, that’s the point here.”
Analyst David Sanger then attempted to explain Trump’s obsession and motivation for clinging to the Russia “fake news”narrative.
“He rejects it for a simple reason,” Sanger began. “He has a very difficult time separating out the fact of the Russians affecting the election and the outcome. We cannot prove and we will never be able to prove whether or not the Russian influence had any vote in the end or any consequential effect.”
“But in the president’s mind, as many around him have said many times, he believes this entire thing is about delegitimizing his election. My own view is, how hard could it be to say, ‘I know I was legitimately elected as president. However, we can never tolerate a foreign power messing in our election. They have tried and here are the five things we’re going to do starting with a commission that will look at what that was and how we prevent it in the 2018 and certainly the 2020 presidential election.'”
Noting the fact that Trump is now waging rhetorical war with North Korea abroad and the FBI at home, host Chris Cuomo wondered if Trump driving out his most trusted advisors.
“How long do you keep a Rex Tillerson, an H.R. McMaster if you keep embarrassing them in public where they go out and say things and then the president himself makes them look like they don’t know what they are talking about?” Cuomo asked rhetorically.
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‘Clearly impeachable and serious offense’: Ex-organized crime prosecutor says of Trump’s Ukraine scandal
Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks recalled during an MSNBC panel discussion that she was once the prosecutor for organized crime. It was something that reminded her of this recent move by President Donald Trump and his administration.
Former U.S. Prosecutor Joyce Vance began by saying that the one major point is that the director of national intelligence has already violated the law by refusing to turn over the information to Congress within seven days.
"The real take away is that we’re well past the seven-day period that the DNI had to transfer this whistleblower’s complaint to Congress. And we don't know exactly what's in it. And when I say 'we,' really, I’m saying Congress because 'we' the public aren’t entitled to it. But Congress, the House Intelligence Committee that Congressman [Adam] Schiff (D-CA) chairs should have that."
Iran accuses foreign forces of raising Gulf ‘insecurity’ — but doesn’t mention Trump by name
President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday denounced the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf and said Iran will present a peace plan, after its arch-foe Washington ordered reinforcements to the tense region.
"Foreign forces can cause problems and insecurity for our people and for our region," Rouhani said before a military parade commemorating the Iran-Iraq war.
Rouhani also said Iran would present a peace plan to the United Nations within days.
"In this sensitive and important historical moment, we announce to our neighbours that we extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood to them," he said.
Trump holds mass rally with Indian Prime Minister that was more like a campaign event than official one
US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared themselves united in a relentless fight against "terrorism," vowing a close, personal alliance in front of tens of thousands of Indian-Americans.
The two leaders, like-minded nationalists fond of fiery rallies and skeptical of traditional media, heaped praise on each other in an unusual joint appearance inside a football stadium in Houston.
To the bhangra beats of four drummers in saffron turbans, Trump in his dark suit and Modi in a yellow kurta and vest made a grand entrance with arms clenched together to ecstatic cheers from a crowd estimated by organizers at 50,000.