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:
‘America is running away like rats’: Watch angry Kurds blame US troops for dead babies as they withdraw
The Associated Press obtained video of Kurds pelting American military vehicles with fruit as they withdrew from Syria.
The video was first captured by a Kurdish news agency, the AP said in a report on Monday.
“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic. Another shouted obscenities and talked of babies in Kurdish-held Syria who had died in the Turkish offensive.
The scene encapsulated the Kurds’ feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a US withdrawal that has been rushed and involved several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.
Julián Castro says his campaign is ‘in dire need’ of funds – and he’s out if he can’t raise $800K in ten days
Julián Castro says he will have to pull out of the Democratic presidential primary if he does not raise $800,000 in the next ten days. Castro, a former HUD Secretary, says he will be forced to stop campaigning if he does not reach his financial goals by the end of the month.
“The truth is, for our campaign, these debates have offered our only guaranteed opportunity to share my vision with the American people,” Castro said in an email to supporters, as Buzzfeed reports.
Legal scholar exposes the absolutely bonkers ‘missing link’ in Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine conspiracy theory
Ryan Goodman, a professor at New York University School of Law, has written a new article with NYU colleague Alex Potcovaru exposing the direct link between President Donald Trump's request to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and to investigate a debunked conspiracy theory pinning the blame on Ukraine for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
Writing at Just Security, Goodman and Potcovaru examine past statements made by Giuliani both on cable news shows and on social media, and have discovered that Giuliani's efforts to get Ukraine to probe the 2016 election are also an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.