Former CIA officer Phil Mudd explained that he isn’t “much of a diplomat” but he doesn’t anticipate Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be long in President Donald Trump’s White House.
“Put a fork in that dude, he’s done,” the CNN commentator told Wolf Blitzer Friday. “There’s a rule of thumb you learn as an entry level government official: You never embarrass the president of the United States, even when he makes a mistake. And in this case he has his press secretary talking about North Korea, the Iran nuclear deal, Puerto Rico, and Las Vegas. And by the way, let me reaffirm to you, the president is not a blithering idiot. With a president this sensitive, it’s a kiss of death.”
That said, former senior staffer to President Barack Obama, David Axelrod, explained that Tillerson’s opinions aren’t far off.
“Teddy Roosevelt said ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick.’ This president has taken a different tactic,” Axelrod said. “That’s dangerous. If people misinterpret your words, that can cause a catastrophe in a short time. I think the words the president speaks are weighed carefully for that reason. But I don’t think this president sees himself in this role. I think he sees this whole thing as a television program and this plays well. The suspense builds. Let’s wait till the next episode. So, that’s a dangerous tactic to take.”
Watch the full conversation below:
Presiding House Dem bangs gavel and quits after GOP throws a fit over Pelosi calling Trump’s tweet racist
A House Speaker's words have not been taken down from the record since 1984, but Tuesday, Republicans waged a war against Speaker Nancy Pelosi for having the temerity to call President Donald Trump's recent tweets racist.
Trump told four Congresswomen of color to go back to the country they came from. Democrats sought to pass a resolution saying that the tweets were "disgusting, disparaging and racist," but Republicans said doing so violates House rules.
After an hour of discussion between the two parties, a frustrated Congressman Rev. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), acting as the chiar, responded.
GOP strategist Tara Setmayer says Republicans will defend Trump until he uses the N-word
Republican strategist Tara Setmayer told a CNN panel that the only way the GOP is going to be willing to stand up to President Donald Trump is if he uses the N-word.
In a panel discussion with CNN's Jake Tapper, Setmayer said that the Republicans in office will bend over backward trying to defend everything the president says and does.
"I think we’re at the point where I think anything short of the N-word they will make excuses for because at that point there is really no question about it, right?" she said. "So, it is obvious to everyone else, it is amazing to me how many of the Republicans are going out there and I said this yesterday, try to white-splain to people of color what racism is and what it feels like to deal with that every single day."
The media’s ‘Made in America’ problem: Trump creates racist controversy — and gets free campaign coverage
Let’s presume, however depressing that notion may be, that mainstream news organizations will continue to fumble the ball when it comes to directly calling blatantly racist statements coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth what they are, which is racist.
Let’s also presume that in the fallout of such incidents like Trump’s racist tweets on Sunday, media organizations adopt predictable stances. Most struggle to maintain a sense of equanimity and fairness when it comes to calling out Trump’s racism. Fox amplifies it.